Adam Morrison will join the Gonzaga men’s basketball coaching staff as a student assistant next season. Morrison, the former Zags star and 2006 Co-National Player of the Year, spent last year living in Spokane and helping with the basketball team at Mead High School, his alma mater. He will finish his degree at Gonzaga while helping out with the basketball team.
Morrison, 29, declared for the NBA draft after his junior season and was selected third overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. Morrison struggled with his play and with injuries in the NBA, although he did win two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Morrison bounced around overseas before attempting an NBA comeback with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012. He was waived in October.
• The Eastlake of Sammamish Little League softball team fell, 4-1, to Granada Hills (Calif.) in the semifinals of the Little League World Series West Regional, ending Eastlake’s run. Eastlake coach Steve Pollis said the club last won a district tournament seven years ago, and that this was their first state championship.
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“We have 210 girls involved from ages 5 to 14,” said Pollis, who is a marketing manager for AT&T. “We have a vision and we can show girls a goal for success in high-school softball.”
Granada Hills earned its 12th consecutive victory.
George Alfano contributed to this report