After Dan Dickau left, Stepp was the next great Zag guard in line. Stepp averaged 18 points per game his junior season and 14.6 his senior season. Stepp also averaged over 6 assists per game during his junior and senior seasons. Stepp lead the Zags with 25 points in the eventual loss to Arizona 96-95 in double OT during the 2003 NCAA tournament. Stepp is one of the best Gonzaga basketball guards of all time.
Possibly the best looking hair in all of college basketball with his huge afro, Ronny was a force inside. Turiaf averaged over 15 points per game in his final 3 seasons at Gonzaga, including 9.5 rebounds per game his senior season. Turiaf is one of the best centers in Gonzaga’s history and was a fun player to watch.
Santangelo and Frahm were the start of the long list of great guards at Gonzaga in the late 90’s and 2000’s. Santangelo averaged 14 points per game during his three years at Gonzaga, and helped the Zags make it to the only Elite 8 in school history in 1999.
Calvary played for Gonzaga from 1997-2001 and had an impressive career for the Zags. He averaged 13.4 points per game as a junior along side stars Matt Santangelo and Richie Frahm. In Calvary’s senior year he played along side Dan Dickau and averaged 19 points. Calvary was a very good forward at 6-foot-8 and had a solid career for the Bulldogs.
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5. Richie Frahm
This was a tough choice for me between Frahm and Santangelo as they were both great guards for Gonzaga in the late 90’s and put the Zags on the map.
Frahm was a great scorer for the Zags averaging 14.4 points his junior year and 16.9 points per game his senior year. After the Cinderella run of 1999, Frahm lead the Zags again to the Sweet 16 in 2000.
In the first round of the 2000 tournament Frahm had 31 points in a win over Louisville. The Zags eventually went on to lose to Purdue in the Sweet 16, but nonetheless, Frahm was one heck of a player. He along with Santangelo paved the way for future guard stars for the Zags, a tradition that has no signs of slowing down.
4. Dan Dickau
In the early 2000’s when you thought about Gonzaga, for most people you thought about Dan Dickau.
Standing only 6 feet tall, Dickau was not the biggest player on the court but he found ways to score. After transferring from the University of Washington in 1999, Dickau took the Zags by storm. He put up 18.9 points per game in his junior season, shooting a remarkable 48% from three, averaging 6.3 assists per game and shooting 86.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Dickau could shoot the ball to say the least. He led the Zags to a Sweet 16 berth in 2001, losing to the #1 seeded Michigan State. In the 2001 tournament Dickau averaged 22.6 points per game.
In his last ever college game against Wyoming, the 2002 tournament, Dickau put up 26 points. In just about every big game, Dickau showed up big. He led the up and coming Zags and became the face of the program. While Dickau is not #1 on my list, he is up there because of what he did in Spokane for two seasons, not to mention that he was an All-American in 2002.
3. Frank Burgess
Unfortunately I never was able to see Frank Burgess play since he played in the late 50’s-early 60’s for Gonzaga, but he was good. Very good.
Burgess averaged an outstanding 28.2 points per game in his three years at Gonzaga. Burgess still holds the all-time scoring record for Gonzaga (2,196 points) as well as single game record- 52 points. Seven different times he scored over 40 points and oh yeah, to top it off the guy was an All-American.
Burgess averaged 32.4 points per game in his last year with the Zags, which was good enough to be the top scorer in the country. Burgess, just like the other members on this list was the face of the Zags, and arguably the best scorer in school history.
He has his #44 retired for Gonzaga which is most deserved for a man who tore up college basketball during his time.
2. John Stockton
Probably more known for his time with the Utah Jazz, John Stockton still remains the best point guard in Gonzaga’s history.
Stockton was a 4 year player for Gonzaga, and as you can imagine, was pretty good. At 6-foot-1 Stockton found ways to score and assist especially in his junior and senior seasons. His junior season he averaged a solid 13.9 points per game, 6.8 assists, and 2.5 steals.
While the Zags did not make the tournament while Stockton was at Gonzaga, the players around him were not nearly as talented as some other players on this list.
Stockton really brokeout during his senior season. In his senior campaign Stockton averaged 20.9 points per game, 7.2 assists and 3.9 steals. He had absolutely incredible numbers and was a great all around player. Being able to not only score, but pass the way he did and manage to get as many steals as he did was incredible.
Stockton played himself into the NBA where he was the 16th overall pick by the Utah Jazz. Gonzaga has been known for their talented guard play but Stockton is still up there in school history as one of the best.
1. Adam Morrison
Morrison to this day is in my opinion the most talented player and best player in school history.
He had the ability to take over a game that few could do. Morrison only played 3 years for the Zags but that did not stop him from establishing himself as one of the best players the school has ever seen. In his three seasons he managed to average a cool 19.7 points per game and a career 50.3 shooting percentage.
As a freshman, Morrison only played around 20 minutes per game but still averaged 11.4 points. As his minutes increased in his sophomore and junior seasons, his numbers kept increasing.
His sophomore year he lead the team with 19 points per game. Then came his junior year where Morrison, along with Duke’s J.J. Redick were the face of basketball.
The best college basketball game I have seen to this day was the Maui Invitational against Michigan State where Gonzaga beat Michigan State in triple OT. Morrison set a tournament record with 43 points as he single-handedly willed Gonzaga over the 12th ranked Michigan State.
Hitting shot after shot, Morrison let the country know he arrived. Morrison would go on to average 28.1 points on the season, and was an All-American and Co-National Player of the year. While the end to Morrison’s career is unfortunate, he still is the best player to play at Gonzaga and he didn’t even play his senior season! If Morrison would have came back for his senior year he would have shattered several school records including the all-time leading scorer for Gonzaga.
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