Gonzaga adds Ryan Nembhard and Graham Ike for next season
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga’s offseason roster rebuild continued Friday with the addition of former Creighton point guard Ryan Nembhard and Wyoming forward Graham Ike.
Gonzaga announced the addition of Ike, while Nembhard announced on Instagram his intention to play for the Bulldogs. Nembhard also confirmed his decision to ESPN.
They are the second and third major additions this offseason for Gonzaga after previously adding Big Sky Conference player of the year Steele Venters from Eastern Washington.
Nembhard averaged 12.1 points, 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds last season for Creighton, helping the Bluejays reach the Elite Eight before losing to eventual national finalist San Diego State. Nembhard started every game of his first two seasons at Creighton, but has a strong connection to Gonzaga as his brother Andrew was a star for the Bulldogs before being selected with the first pick of the second round of the 2022 NBA draft by Indiana.
Ike averaged 19.5 points and 9.6 rebounds for Wyoming during the 2021-22 season as the Cowboys reached the NCAA Tournament. Ike sat out all of last season due to a lower right leg injury, but had been voted the Mountain West Conference preseason player of the year.
Ike will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
“Graham is exactly the big guy we’ve been looking for and in need of for next season,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said in a statement. “After having him up for a visit and meeting he and his mom, he’s just going to be the perfect fit for our program.”
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Updated April 21, 2023