Gonzaga career Matthew Lang announces his move to Arizona

Matthew Lang, a member of the Gonzaga team that has gained popularity among Bulldog students and fans over the past few years, has announced plans to leave Spokane to pursue a master’s degree in accounting at the University of Arizona and reunite with former GU assistant Tommy Lloyd on the Wildcats basketball team.

Lang announced his plans via Instagram Tuesday night, writing a thank you letter to Gonzaga fans after spending four seasons with the Bulldogs.

“Zag Nation, thank you for everything. I know it’s overdue, but the reason for that is because it’s so hard to say goodbye to my Zag family,” Lang wrote. “Since the day I entered campus my family has grown exponentially. I am proud to say I have never lost a game in the kennel thanks to the Zag community. 70-0!! You guys have supported me since day one and I couldn’t be more appreciative.

“I will never forget The Kennel screaming for tacos. I now have my diploma, but more importantly. I have friends for life. Thank you little coach and the rest of the coaching staff for a great ride. Special thanks to my family, friends and most importantly all my teammates for the best 4 years into my life. I am now transferring to pursue a master’s degree in accounting at Arizona State University, as well as playing episodes, where I will meet many ex-Zags. I’m excited for this next step, but I will be Zag for life.”

The Portland native became respected among GU fans who bestowed the nickname “Taco Lang” or “Matee Taco” on a guard who developed a penchant for hitting the 3rd Gonzaga Pointer and securing free tacos for everyone in attendance.

Few put Lange on a scholarship for the latter half of the goalkeeper’s fourth season in Spokane, notifying the player and his parents after a late January game against Loyola Marymount.

Over the course of four seasons, he played in 55 games for Gonzaga and started alone at Senior Night against Santa Clara last season. Lang collected 17 points and 14 rebounds last season, setting a season-high five points against Central Michigan in Las Vegas.

At the Arizona Lang he will meet not only Lloyd, but Director of Player Development Rem Pacamus, another GU guard who has achieved cult status in Spokane. The Wildcats staff also includes Ken Nakagawa (Advance Scout Manager), TJ Benson (Special Assistant Head Coach/Recruitment Coordinator) and Riccardo Fois (Assistant Coach).

Lang became the second GU team to be announced to leave, joining guard Will Graves who recently transferred to Southern Oregon University. The Bulldogs filled one spot, Anaheim, Calif. producer Kellen Mitchell, a Fairmont Prep Academy graduate, filled in.

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