Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison voted into Washington Sports HOF

Adam Morrison was voted into Washington Sport's Hall of Fame Friday
Adam Morrison was voted into Washington Sport's Hall of Fame Friday

SPOKANE, Wash. — Former Gonzaga standout Adam Morrison was one of six individuals that have been voted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame for 2020.

In addition Morrison, the other members of the Class of 2020 are Aaron Sele, an All-Star pitcher for the Seattle Mariners; Brad Walker, former holder of the U.S. pole vault record; Dick Cartmell, a Division I basketball referee for over 35 years with five Final Fours to his credit; Don Zech, coach of the 1963 state championship Bishop Blanchet boys basketball team and the 1976 University of Puget Sound Loggers, the NCAA Division II champions, and Joe Kearney, University of Washington athletic director from 1969-76.

Morrison’s name was synonymous with college basketball in 2006. He adorned the front of magazines and had the country talking about his mane, mustache and Gonzaga basketball. He led the Bulldogs to a 29-4 overall record and a No. 5 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. For the eighth-straight year the Zags earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament – this time a third seed, after posting a perfect 14-0 record in the West Coast Conference regular-season and winning the WCC Tournament.

Morrison led the nation in scoring in his last year, averaging 28.1 points per game. He is only the second Gonzaga player ever to do so. Morrison was also Gonzaga’s seventh John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year candidate and the fourth player to earn Wooden Award All-American. He was named Gonzaga’s inaugural Associated Press pre-season selection as a junior, and was a consensus Associated Press All-America first-team pick. Morrison also earned National Association of Basketball Coaches Co-Player of the Year and USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Co-Player of the Year accolades during 2006.

Other national honors Morrison earned in 2006 were: Naismith Trophy Top Four Finalist, NABC All-District 14 First Team, and USBWA All-District 9 First Team.

A star player nationally, Morrison also dominated the West Coast Conference. He earned back-to-back WCC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors (2005, 2006) and was a two-time WCC First Team honoree. Morrison was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2006 after averaging 28.1 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, along with a 49.6 field goal percentage, 77.2 free throw percentage and a 42.8 three-point percentage.

Other national honors in 2005 were: USBWA All-District 9 First Team, and Basketball Times All-West Coast First Team.

Morrison was also a member of 2004 USA World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team that earned a gold medal at the World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the summer of 2004. He averaged 8.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game in three games, missing the gold medal game because of a sore knee.

Morrison, a childhood diabetic since age 12, has developed into a role model for children with diabetes to show they, too, can live a normal life.

Morrison finished his career as the third-leading scorer in Gonzaga history with 1,867 points. He is also third in the career rankings for field goals made (659), fourth in free throws made (398) and ninth in three-point field goals made (127). Morrison’s name is also scattered throughout the GU single-season rankings. He is first in single-season points (926 in 2006), field goals made (306 in 2006) and free throws made (240 in 2006). Morrison was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats as the third pick overall in the 2006 draft; the highest draft pick by a Gonzaga player.

The addition of the six-member Class of 2020 brings the total to 228 men and women in the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame. The organization was founded in 1960 by longtime Tacoma-based sports broadcaster Clay Huntington. A panel that includes sportswriters and broadcasters from throughout the state makes the selections. Dates for induction ceremonies are pending. Information about all Hall of Fame members is available at https://washingtonsportshof.org.