View Full Version : Jeff Brown: WCC Hall of Honor

02-16-2010, 04:56 PM
Don't know if this has been posted yet or not but here is the story from the WCC Site


Angelo Roncalli
02-16-2010, 07:57 PM
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (February 16, 2010 – http://www.gozags.com) - Former Gonzaga University men's basketball standout Jeff Brown has been selected as one of eight inductees for the second West Coast Conference Hall of Honor Class to be honored at this year's WCC Basketball Tournament.

The 2010 WCC Hall of Honor Brunch will be held March 6 at 9 a.m. at the Orleans Hotel. The inductees will also be honored the next day at the first men's basketball semifinal game. Tickets are currently available for $40, and tables of 10 are available for $400. To purchase tickets, contact the WCC office by phone at 650-873-8622 by Monday, March 1.

"I would like to congratulate these eight extraordinary individuals who represent our second Hall of Honor class," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Collectively, they embody the WCC's diverse history of athletic, academic, and civic excellence, and their accomplishments not only at their respective institutions, but also post-graduation, are a testament to the quality of this year's class."

The achievements of this year's Hall of Honor inductees spans five decades in five different sports among the WCC's eight institutions. In addition to Brown, this year's class includes Brandi Chastain of Santa Clara, one of the most decorated players in women's soccer history with two World Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals to her credit; Bo Kimble of Loyola Marymount, teammate of 2009 Hall of Honor inductee Hank Gathers and leader of the Lions' 1990 squad that made an unforgettable run to the Elite Eight; Zuzana Lesenarova of San Diego who was a three-time WCC Player of the Year and captured the 1999 NCAA Women's Singles Tennis championship; Anja (Bordt) Suomalainen from Saint Mary's, who was a two-time WCC Player of the Year in women's basketball still ranks in the top five in conference history in points, assists, and steals; Joe Etzel who has been associated with Portland athletics for nearly 50 years as he starred on the baseball field before taking over as head coach and later as the athletic director, holding the top post for over 30 years; Gail Hopkins of Pepperdine, a former All-American who became the first-ever Pepperdine player to reach the Major League, and Bob St. Clair of San Francisco, who would go on to be selected NFL All-Pro nine times and be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Brown was a three-year standout for the Gonzaga men's basketball team. Brown transferred to the Bulldogs from the University of Washington following his freshman year and became a three-year starter.

As a senior during the 1993-94 season, Brown led the WCC in scoring at 21.0 points per game, leading the Bulldogs to a 22-8 record, their inaugural WCC regular-season championship and a berth in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) for the program's first post-season appearance. He scored 27 points in a first-round upset at Stanford University and the Bulldogs season ended with a heartbreaking 66-64 loss in the second round at Kansas State University.

Brown, a three-time All-WCC first team member, earned WCC Player of the Year honors in 1994. In addition, he was named to GTE/College Sports Information Directors of America All-District VIII first team three times, the GTE/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America first-team twice after being a third-team pick as a sophomore and was named Men's Basketball Academic All-American of the Year with 3.68 GPA in finance/pre-med as a senior.

Brown is still listed in several statistical categories in the Gonzaga record books, ranking seventh on the Zags' career scoring charts with 1,646 career points, fifth in field goals made (618), 9th in field goal percentage (55.5) and 4th in free throws made (390).

A graduate of Mead High where he was coached in basketball by Jim Preston, Brown graduated as the Greater Spokane League's career scoring leader with 1,576 points and as the No. 2 rebounder in GSL history. He was the second-leading scorer in the Washington State Class AAA Tournament. He was named MVP of the 1989 Washington State Class AAA Tournament and the GSL while earning State AAA Player of the Year accolades.

His senior year of high school he averaged 24.8 ppg and 13.0 rpg to lead the GSL in both categories and set the State Class AAA Tournament scoring record with 127 points in four games.

Brown is currently in private business in Spokane.

02-16-2010, 08:02 PM

Martin Centre Mad Man
02-17-2010, 01:23 AM
Academic All America Player of the Year; Conference Player of the Year; three-time first team All-WCC.

What does it take to retire a number at Gonzaga? Why are players still wearing Number 34? No offense to Bol Kong, but no Zag was allowed to wear No. 12 or No. 44 during the years before those numbers were retired.

02-17-2010, 08:08 AM
Congratulations Jeff! A well deserved honor!

02-17-2010, 01:42 PM
Wow, that's impressive company that Jeff keeps. :)

Once and Future Zag
02-17-2010, 04:39 PM
What does it take to retire a number at Gonzaga?

The short answer (I suspect): be a Zag "of note" after graduating as well as one of the top players in the nation while at Gonzaga.

US District Court Judge, NBA HOF-er and Olympian

Not having a banner up is no disparagement of Jeff Brown's achievements at Gonzaga - nor is it a disparagement of his achievements after graduation - but "it is what it is" and he's in very good company of some other excellent student-athletes who also have no banners up.

Being Gonzaga's second selection to the WCC HOH (before John Stockton, no less) says something about how respected he is as a student-athlete overall.

And on that note - congratulations to Jeff Brown for a well earned honor.