Stockton Inducted Into Inland Northwest Hall
Oct. 25, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Gonzaga University and Utah Jazz basketball standout John Stockton was inducted into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies Tuesday at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
Stockton was among four inductees into the Hall of Fame and two others who were added to the Scroll of Honor for their contributions to sports in the Inland Northwest. Joining Stockton were former Ferris High boys' basketball coach Wayne Gilman who was inducted posthumously; former KHQ-TV sports anchor Ed Sharman, and former Lewis and Clark High athlete, professional baseball player and West Valley High coach and administrator Jack Spring. Former Spokane hockey player and trainer Carl Cirullo and handball player Jim Slavin in were added to the Scroll of Honor.
Stockton was the 1984 West Coast Conference player of the year, averaging 20.9 ppg while leading the league in assists (201) and steals (109). He was the first Bulldog to be drafted in the first round of the National Basketball Association Draft, going as the 16th pick to the Utah Jazz and concluding a 19-year NBA career as the all-time leaders in assists (15,806) and steals (3,265) and still ranks as 28th on the all-time leading scorer with 19,711 points.
Stockton was a member of the 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic "Dream Teams" that won gold medals.
A native of Spokane, Stockton attended Gonzaga Prep where he set the single-season Greater Spokane League scoring record with 373 points and a 23.3 average in 1980.
The Hall of Fame display is located in the Spokane Arena and consists of 123 Hall of Fame members and 36 Scroll of Honor recipients.
For information on how to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame or Scroll of Honor, or to donate to the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame, contact the Spokane Regional Sports Commission at (509) 456-5812.
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