It was hard to pinpoint what exactly was the best thing about Ronny Turiaf. On one hand, you had his magnetic personality, both on the court and off the court. On the other hand, you had his production and success: two-time honorable mention AP All-American and WCC Player of the Year. Either way, there isn’t a more deserving Gonzaga player to be nominated for the WCC Hall of Honor.
Turiaf will join nine other athletes and coaches as the class of 2018. Turiaf averaged at least 15 points and seven rebounds per game in his final three years at Gonzaga. He was drafted in the second round in of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, but his professional career was almost permanately put on hold before it even started.
He was diagnosed with an enlarged aortic root, and had surgery to correct the issue. He recovered, and enjoyed productive few years in the NBA before retiring in 2015.
Turiaf owns the Gonzaga record for free throws made and attempts (643 and 889 respectively). He is seventh in career points, fifth in rebounding, and third in blocks. Most of all, he was remembered for his passion on the court, which was visible to anyone with eyes.
The hall of fame class will be inducted during the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas in March.