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Zagdawg
02-01-2018, 11:24 AM
"The 2018 WCC Hall of Honor class includes: BYU'sMiles Batty (Cross Country/Track), Gonzaga’s Ronny Turiaf (Men’s Basketball), Loyola Marymount’sBrian Quinn (Administrator), Pacific’s Ken Earle (Golf), Pepperdine’s Randy Wolf (Baseball), Portland’s Nicole Karr (Cross Country/Track), Saint Mary’s Mandy Bible (Volleyball), San Diego’sChristine Enger (Women’s Basketball), San Francisco’s Sue Enos O’Meara (Women’s Basketball/Volleyball) and Santa Clara’s Cameron Rast (Men’s Soccer). "

"Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga University
Ronny Turiaf became one of the most beloved Zags of all-time not only because of his production, but for his love for Zag Nation, on-court passion, acrobatic dunks and many different hairstyles.

A native of Martinique, by way of Paris, France, Turiaf became the face of the Gonzaga Bulldogs program during his four-year stay on the Spokane campus. In addition to his friendly smile and talk-to-everyone attitude, Turiaf helped the Bulldogs win 107 games and finish with three Top 10 national rankings in the final Associated Press poll during his four years.

On the national scene, Turiaf was a two-time honorable mention Associated Press All-American. He also finished as a Top 30 Wooden Award Candidate as a junior and senior.

Turiaf earned first-team All-West Coast Conference honors three times and was named the WCC Player of the Year in 2005 after averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He finished his career ranking fourth at Gonzaga with 1,723 points and 859 rebounds, including a career-high of 40 points (a McCarthey Athletic Center record at the time) in 2004.

Turiaf shined on the biggest stages, averaging 16.7 points and 7.6 rebounds in seven NCAA tournament games, and 18.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in nine WCC Tournament games, along with being named the 2005 WCC Tournament Most Valuable Player.

His marks on the Gonzaga record books go even deeper. Turiaf was the best Zag ever at not only getting to the free throw line, but making them count. He finished as the career leader with 643 free throws breaking the 44-year-old record of Frank Burgess, as well as free throws attempted at 899. Turiaf owns three of the top six marks for free throws made in a season, and the top mark for free throw made in a regular season game and free throws made in an NCAA Tournament game.

After his prestigious career at GU, in June of 2005, Turiaf was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. But, he had to place his NBA dreams on hold as he underwent surgery for a heart condition on July 26, 2005. The operation was successful and Turiaf rejoined the Lakers organization only six months later. He went on to have a 10-year NBA career, spending time with the Warriors, Knicks, Wizards, Clippers, Timberwolves and Heat, where helped win the 2012 NBA Championship."


http://www.wccsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/013118aab.html

ZagsGoZags
02-01-2018, 01:02 PM
what great memories ...
that team with him, Adam, Batista, Ravio
if we had beat UCLA in Round of 32, instead of losing (game could have gone either way) I would not have been surprised for them to do Elite 8 or Final Four. So much offensive talent.

vandalzag
02-01-2018, 01:21 PM
He is a Hall of Famer on and off the court. I would rank him as one of the kindest and most likable person I have had the good fortune to meet. Will always be on my favorite Zags.