Tenth-ranked Gonzaga put up an exciting fight in its 85–74 loss to No. 13 Illinois on Saturday. For all the players that saw the floor for the Bulldogs, it may have been their 12th man who stole the show.
Following a Gary Bell, Jr. 3-pointer that cut the Illini’s lead to 68–64 with 7:23 remaining, the ESPN cameras immediately panned in on the end of the Gonzaga bench. What TV audiences witnessed was a ‘Zags player celebrating with a first-rate air guitar solo.
After a side-by-side comparison of the GIF and the headshots from Gonzaga’s 2012–2013, it appears to be Rem Bakamus, a freshman walk-on who has only played 12 minutes on the season. If that’s in fact Bakamus, he’s clearly not letting that lack of playing time affect his air guitar skills.