LAS VEGAS — Gonzaga and Utah Jazz legend John Stockton were inducted into the West Coast Conference’s 2017 Hall of Honor Saturday at the Orleans Hotel.
Stockton became Gonzaga’s first player drafted in the first round of the NBA draft as the Jazz selected the point guard with the 16th overall pick. The 10-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection played all 19 seasons of his professional career with the Jazz. He played 1,504 games for the Jazz — the most ever played for one team in NBA history.
Stockton is one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of All-Time, a James H. Naismith Hall of Fame member and the NBA’s all-time leader in assists and steals.
Stockton was also a member of the men's basketball "Dream Team" that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. That 1992 team marked the first time players from the NBA participated in the Olympics.
Also inducted Saturday was former BYU women’s basketball star Tina Gunn Robison, who still holds several BYU career records including total points (2,759), scoring average per game (27.3), rebounds (1,482), rebounds per game (14.7) and is second in field goal percentage (.569).
During her four years at BYU, the 6-foot-3 center guided the Cougars to three 20-plus win season and three IAC conference championships, including the program's first title in 1977-78.
Robison graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and was drafted in the first round of the 1980 Women’s Basketball League draft by the Milwaukee Does. She was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and in 2004 became the first female athlete in BYU history to have her jersey retired.
As a senior in 1979-80, Robison scored 967 points to lead the nation in scoring and points per game (31.2). She was also fourth in rebounds per game with 14.9.
Other members of the WCC’s 2017 Hall of Honor were Loyola Marymount’s Paul Westhead (men’s basketball), Pacific’s Jennifer Joines Tamas (volleyball), Pepperdine’s William “Bird” Averitt (men’s basketball), Portland’s Shannon Mac Millan (women’s soccer), Saint Mary’s Mark Teahen (baseball), San Diego’s John Cunningham (baseball), San Francisco’s Brittany Lindhe (women’s basketball) and Santa Clara’s Dick Davey (men’s basketball).
"The West Coast Conference is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these former student-athletes and coaches," said West Coast Conference Commissioner Lynn Holzman. "The 2017 Hall of Honor class represents our 10 schools' longstanding commitment to the holistic development of student-athletes through the fostering of an environment of athletic and academic excellence. These 10 individuals exhibit how participating in college athletics is a transformative experience."