SPOKANE, Wash. – Former Gonzaga men’s basketball star Ronny Turiaf was inducted into the West Coast Conference’s 10th annual Hall of Honor class at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The WCC inducted ten individuals, one from each member institution, in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the WCC Championships in Las Vegas.
“The West Coast Conference is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these former student-athletes and coaches as we celebrate the 10-Year anniversary of the WCC Basketball Championships in Las Vegas,” said WCC interim commissioner Connie Hurlbut. “The 2018 Hall of Honor class represents our 10 schools’ long-standing commitment to developing student-athletes by fostering an environment of athletic and academic excellence.”
During his four years at GU, Turiaf helped the Zags win 107 games and finish with three top 10 ranking in the AP poll, according to the WCC website.
Looking back on Ronny Turiaf's time with the Zags
According to the WCC, the native of France 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 point and 859 rebounds.
Turiaf was also a leader at the free throw line. He finished as the career leader with 643 free throws, breaking the 44-year-old record of Frank Burgess.
After his GU career, Turiaf was selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He underwent a successful surgery for a heart condition in 2005 and rejoined the team six months later.
Turiaf went on to play in the NBA for ten years, including time with the Warriors, Knicks, Wizards, Clippers, Timberwolves and Heat.