Nine Former Zags Dot NBA and WNBA Rosters

Former Gonzaga basketball players Andrew Nembhard (left) and Chet Holmgren (right) are now playing in the NBA.
Andrew Nembhard (left) and Chet Holmgren (right) were drafted to the NBA in 2022.

March 14, 2022
Dale Goodwin ('86)

Updated January 9, 2023

Nine former Gonzaga University basketball players are currently playing in the NBA, the largest number of Zag alumni ever to dot NBA rosters at any one time.

Current NBA players:

Player Team
Rui Hachimura Washington Wizards
Corey Kispert Washington Wizards
Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies
Jalen Suggs Orlando Magic
Domantas Sabonis Sacramento Kings
Kelly Olynyk Utah Jazz
Zach Collins San Antonio Spurs
Chet Holmgren Oklahoma City Thunder
Andrew Nembhard Indiana Pacers

Gonzaga has 28 alumni who have played in the NBA, beginning with John Stockton in 1984. Others include (draft year): Mike Champion (1987), Richie Frahm (2000), Dan Dickau (2002), Mario Kasun (2002), Ronny Turiaf (2005), Adam Morrison (2006), Jeremy Pargo (2009), Austin Daye (2009), Rob Sacre (2012), Elias Harris (2013), David Stockton (2014), Kevin Pangos (2015), Kyle Wiltjer (2016), Nigel Williams-Goss (2017), Jonathan Williams (2018), Zach Norvell Jr. (2019), Killian Tillie (2020) and Joel Ayayi (2021).

Current WNBA Players:

Player Team
Courtney Vandersloot Chicago Sky

In addition to Vandersloot (2011), whose Gonzaga number 21 will be officially retired at some point, three other Zags have played in the WNBA: Katelan Redmon (2012), Shelby Cheslek (2016) and Jill Barta (2018).

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