Freshman Chet Holmgren ready to lead Gonzaga to first national title

LAS VEGAS — They are quite a sight, the Holmgren family, comfortably creating an unconventional presence inside Orleans Arena.

It’s not just the towering of 7’1 “Chet, his 7-foot father and his 6’5” -ish younger sister that gets your attention. There is also the family dog ​​who makes a postgame appearance on the court, a black lab named Slammer. And, of course, there is the camcorder.

Not long after Gonzaga and Holmgren captured the West Coast Conference championship and locked up yet another No. 1 NCAA tournament seed, Dave Holmgren was holding aloft the old-school camcorder to record the postgame celebration and net-cutting. He had already filmed the Zags ’82 –69 victory against St. Mary’s from his seat di lui in the arena. Then he was essentially providing ground-bound drone footage, looming so high above the human rabble that he could shoot any angle he desired.


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