Men's Baksetball Adds A Seven Footer
Jan. 14, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. - Calum MacLeod, a 7-0, 220-pound center from Wellington, New Zealand, joined Gonzaga University's men's basketball team earlier this week.
The newest Bulldog arrived in Spokane on Monday night, was in the classroom Tuesday with the start of second-semester classes and was at Wednesday's practice getting acclimated to major college basketball.
He will redshirt this season and have four years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2004-05 season.
"He has some good skills and has a great upside," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said as MacLeod was going through some individual work on Wednesday. "He has good post moves and a tough hook shot. He also has the range to step out and shoot the three. It will take him some time to learn our system and we'll bring him along slowly so he can grasp what we are doing. By next fall he should have a good concept of what Bulldog basketball and being a Zag is all about."
MacLeod has been playing for the New Zealand Junior National Team, the Tall Blacks. The team, so named because of their black jersey, most recently played in the Oceanic Games qualifying tournament for the Junior World Championships. New Zealand lost to Australia, which features University of Utah 6-10 freshman Andrew Bogut.
"It was tough for Calum to leave home," Few said. "But he and his family realize the best move for him to pursue his basketball dream was to come to the United States. There aren't a lot of people his size for him to compete against in New Zealand. This will definitely help his development as a player."
MacLeod had the rare opportunity of celebrating his 20th birthday twice. He left Wellington on Jan. 12 and after more than 30 hours of travel arrived in Spokane on Monday evening, which was still Jan. 12.
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