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  Dan Gadzuric
Dan Gadzuric

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Den Haag, Holland

High School:
Governor Dummer Academy/Byfield, MA

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 235

Position:
Center

UCLA — Enters 2001-02 as one of the nation’s top collegiate centers after deciding last April to remain at UCLA for his senior season and not enter the NBA Draft … A preseason Wooden Award Top 50 candidate … As a junior last season, Gadzuric started 29 of 32 games and averaged 26.9 minutes and 11.7 points (No. 3 on the team) … He led UCLA in field goal percentage (53.4, No. 8 in Pac-10 stats), rebounding (8.6, No. 2 in Pac-10 stats) and blocked shots (1.9, No. 3 in the Pac-10) … Had a team-high 11 double-doubles (points/rebounds) … Played the game of his career on Feb. 15 in UCLA’s 79-77 overtime win over Arizona in Pauley Pavilion … In that contest, playing on an injured left ankle, Gadzuric had a career-high 41 minutes and tied his career-high in points (22) and rebounds (17) … At the Bruins’ end of the season banquet, Gadzuric was given the Coach John Wooden Award (with Earl Watson and Jason Kapono) as Most Valuable Player and the Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Award as Outstanding Defensive Player … On the Bruins’ career charts, Gadzuric is No. 2 in blocked shots (142), No. 10 field goal percentage (54.6, 384-703) and No. 22 rebounding (641, 7.2) … In 1999-2000 as a sophomore, he appeared in all 33 contests (tying a school record), starting 23, including 22 consecutive and averaged nearly 24 minutes a game … Hampered as a freshman in 1998-99 with tendinitis in both knees, Gadzuric on Feb. 24, 1999 injured his left knee in practice, underwent surgery and missed the last five games of the season …Participated in Pete Newell’s Big Man Camp in Honolulu the summers of 1999 and 2000 … Three years ago Gadzuric selected UCLA instead of entering the NBA Draft out of high school … His signing in May 1998 established UCLA’s incoming freshman class as No. 1 in the nation … A consensus 1998 first-team prep All-American … One of three McDonald All-Americans in the 1998 UCLA freshman class (joining JaRon Rush and Ray Young) … Gadzuric is considered the best basketball prospect from Massachusetts since Patrick Ewing graduated from Cambridge Rindge & Latin in 1981 … Rated by PrepStar as the nation’s top high school center in 1997-98.


2000-01 – On the year (32 games, 29 starts), Gadzuric averaged 26.9 minutes (No. 4 on the team), 11.7 points (No. 3 on the squad) and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds … His 8.6 average was the highest by a Bruin since Ed O’Bannon averaged 8.8 rebounds in 1994 … He led the Bruins in field goal percentage (53.4) and blocked shots (1.9) … He led the Bruins in rebounding 15 times … His 60 blocked shots rank fifth on UCLA’s single-season list. … During UCLA’s final 24 games (19-5), he averaged 11.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots while making 112 of 205 field goal attempts for a team-high percentage of 54.6 … He averaged 11.4 points and 8.9 rebounds in his 18 Pac-10 games … His preseason honors included - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10; Basketball News second-team All-Pac-10; Lindy’s No. 8 center in the U. S.; The Sporting News No. 17 center in the U. S. and Vitale No. 6 center in the U. S. and second-team All-Pac-10. GADZURIC’S CAREER CHARTS - No. 2 in blocked shots (142), No. 10 field goal percentage (54.6, 384-703) and No. 22 rebounding (641, 7.2). GADZURIC’S SEASON-HIGHS - 41 minutes vs. Arizona (2/15/01); 22 points vs. Arizona (2/15/01); 17 rebounds vs. Arizona (2/15/01); two assists vs. Arizona (2/15/01); two steals vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00) and Arizona (1/20/01); five blocked shots vs. California (3/1/01) and Stanford (3/3/01). GADZURIC’S PAC-10 RANKINGS (Final Reg. Season) – Scoring, 20th, 11.7; Rebounding, 2nd, 8.6; FG%, 8th, 53.4; Blocked Shots, 3rd, 1.88; Off. Rebounds, 4th, 3.06; Def. Rebounds, 3rd, 5.53.


NCAA Highlights - In the NCAA Tournament, Gadzuric averaged 13.3 points (No. 2 on the team) and a team-high 12.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots, while shooting 59.4 (19-32) from the field … In NCAA first round action vs. Hofstra, he started and played 37 minutes, dominating the inside with 14 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal … In NCAA second round play against Utah State, he started and played 34 minutes, recording his fourth straight double-double, his fifth in six games and 11th for the season … He contributed 16 points, a game-high 14 rebounds, four blocks and one assist … In the “Sweet 16”vs. Duke, Gadzuric started and played 38 minutes, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist.


Regular Season Highlights (first-to-last game) –Started both games in New York City at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, playing 29 minutes vs. Kansas (eight points, two rebounds) and had a dominating game vs. Kentucky, playing 26 minutes, with his eighth career double-double (16 points, 14 rebounds) … Against Cal State Northridge, Gadzuric played 27 minutes off the bench (had the flu) and contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist … Dominated in the UCSB contest before fouling out with 2:13 left to play … Vs. the Gauchos, Gadzuric scored 21 points (17 points in the first half), with five rebounds …Recorded his ninth career-double-double vs. Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic … Played a then-career-high 36 minutes, he contributed 17 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block … Vs. Hawaii, he started and played 23 minutes, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots … Against UC Irvine, Gadzuric started and played 19 minutes, contributing nine points, five rebounds and one blocked shot … He came off the bench against North Carolina and played 27 minutes after missing much of that week’s practice due to the flu and a hand injury … He finished with seven points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal … Was at his best at Purdue, starting and playing 33 minutes … Gadzuric recorded a double-double with 18 points vs. the Boilermakers, making all eight of his field goal attempts and two of four free throws, with 10 rebounds and added two blocks and one steal … In the Pac-10 opener against Washington at home, he started and played 24 dominating minutes, recording his fourth double-double of the year … He scored a team-high 19 points, making eight of 10 field goals, including his first seven to stretch his streak to 15 straight over two games … Gadzuric also grabbed a then-season-high 16 rebounds and added a then-career high-tying four blocked shots and one steal … In the win over WSU, he started and played 27 minutes, finishing with six points, a team-high 12 rebounds, three blocks and one assist … In the win over USC in Pauley, he started but played just 18 minutes due to foul trouble, contributing seven points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal … Against Villanova in Pauley, Gadzuric started but played only nine minutes due to back spasms, finishing with two points, two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot … At Arizona State, he did not start due to his back spasms, but still played 21 minutes and contributed six points, a team-high 11 rebounds and one assist … At Arizona, he started and played 27 minutes, finishing with nine points, nine rebounds, tied for the team high, two steals and two blocks … Against Oregon State in Pauley, Gadzuric started and played 21 minutes, finishing with 14 points, four rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal … Vs. Oregon, he started and played 20 minutes, contributing 15 points, six rebounds and one blocked shot … At California, he started and played 22 minutes, finishing with nine points and six rebounds … In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he started and played 22 minutes, contributing 10 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block … In the win at USC, Gadzuric started and played 31 minutes, recording a double-double with 12 points, a team-high 11 rebounds, one block and one steal … In the victory at DePaul, he started and played 28 minutes before spraining his left ankle and finished with seven points , nine rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal … In the overtime win against Arizona in Pauley, after being doubtful all week due to the ankle sprain, he started and played a career-high 41 minutes … Gadzuric tied his career highs with 22 points and 17 rebounds and added three blocks and two assists … He scored UCLA’s final two baskets in regulation, both on rebounds, and scored what proved to be the game-winning basket with 1:03 left in overtime, giving UCLA a 79-75 lead … The last time a Bruin had more rebounds in a game was on Mar. 18, 1994, when Ed O’Bannon grabbed 18 in an NCAA loss to Tulsa … Two days later against ASU, Gadzuric started but played just 13 minutes, finishing with two rebounds … In the win at Oregon, he started and played 30 minutes, contributing 16 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal … In the overtime win at OSU, he started and played 32 minutes, finishing with 15 points, a team-high eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block … In the win over California in Pauley, he started and played 35 minutes, recording a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds … He also set a career-high with five blocked shots and added one assist … Against Stanford, Gadzuric started and played 19 minutes due to foul trouble, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, a career-high tying five blocks and one assist … At Washington State, he started and played 33 minutes, recording his eighth double-double of the year with 16 points and 13 rebounds … Gadzuric also had three blocks, one assist and one steal … At Washington, he started and played 31 minutes, recording his ninth double-double of the season and third in four games … He finished with 11 points, a team-high 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.


1999-00 – Was slowed in fall camp with a hyper extended left knee and hampered during the season with tendinitis in the right knee … Started 23 of 33 games … Did not start at California, breaking his string of starting 22 consecutive games, and came off the bench in the last seven games … Gadzuric scored in double figures in eight of his last 12 games and averaged 11.3 points in that span despite going scoreless in eight minutes against Oregon State,h (right knee tendinitis) … In that 12-game span, he averaged 7.4 rebounds despite grabbing just two in his eight-minute stint vs. Oregon State, h … He shot 60.0 (60-100) on his field goal attempts in those 12 games … In Gadzuric’s three NCAA games, he averaged 9.7 points (tied for fourth on the squad), 7.0 rebounds (second) and 2.0 rebounds (second) while shooting a team-high 65.0 from the field … In the NCAA first round game against Ball State, he played 26 minutes off the bench and recorded his third double-double in five games with 10 points and 12 rebounds (all defensive) … He had eight boards in the second half … In the NCAA second round win over Maryland, he played 21 minutes and contributed 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block … In the NCAA Regional semifinal vs. Iowa State, he played 17 minutes and contributed six points, three rebounds and three blocked shots … In his 33 games, Gadzuric averaged 22.4 minutes, 9.7 points (fifth on the team), 7.0 rebounds (second on the team) and 1.6 blocked shots, while shooting a team-high 56.5 (140-248) from the field … He led the Bruins in rebounding 11 times and in blocked shots in 19 games … .His preseason honors included — Athlon second-team All-Pac-10; Lindy’s No. 14 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10; The Sporting News’ No. 15 center in the U. S.; Vitale’s No. 12 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10. GADZURIC’S SEASON-HIGHS — 35 minutes vs. DePaul (12/18/99) and North Carolina (1/15/00; 22 points at California (3/2/00); a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State (12/22/99); two assists five times, last at California (3/2/99); three steals vs. USC (2/9/00); four blocked shots twice, last at California (3/2/00). GADZURIC’S PAC-10 RANKINGS – ranked eighth in rebounding (7.0), third in blocked shots (1.58) and third in field goal percentage (56.5).


1998-99 — Gadzuric was selected to the five-man Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was on College Hoops Insider’s All-Freshman squad … He suffered a season-ending injury in practice on Feb. 24, tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee and underwent a 90-minute arthroscopy on Feb. 25 (Gadzuric did not play in UCLA’s loss to Detroit in the NCAA because of the injury). … Prior to the injury, Gadzuric appeared in 24 games, started 17 times … Gadzuric averaged 20.0 minutes, 8.6 points and 5.7 rebounds (third on the team) and 1.3 blocked shots (team-leader) and shot a team-leading 54.0 (88-163) from the field and 50.0 (31-62) from the foul line … His 5.7 rebound average was the seventh-highest ever among Bruin freshmen … Gadzuric started 17 of the 24 games in which he played … Led the Bruins three times in scoring (Washington State,a, 16; Stanford,h, 15 and San Francisco 12), six times in rebounding (Syracuse 9; Washington,a, 8; California,h, 13; Arizona State,h, 14; UNLV 6 and CS Northridge 8) and 16 times (including ties) in blocked shots (including four vs. Santa Clara) … In his final 10 games, Gadzuric scored 101 points (10.1 average), making 45 of 75 field goal attempts (60.0) … At the Bruins’ annual season-ending banquet, Gadzuric (along with freshman teammate JaRon Rush), was given the Seymour Armond Memorial Award for Most Valuable Freshman … His preseason honors included-Basketball News’ Heavenly 100 and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, Lindy’s No. 6 incoming frosh in the U. S. and third-team All-Pac-10, Preview Sports’ No. 1 incoming frosh in the U. S., Sport All-Class of 2002, Street & Smith’s Top Newcomer in Pac-10 and Vitale’s No. 4 Diaper Dandy. GADZURIC’S SEASON-HIGHS—32 minutes vs. California (1/14/99); 16 points at USC (1/20/99) and Washington State (1/28/99); 14 rebounds vs. Arizona State (1/4/99); a career-high three assists vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98); a career-high five steals vs. Oklahoma State (12/5/98) and four blocked shots vs. Santa Clara (1/19/98). GADZURIC’S PAC-10 RANKINGS — 16th in rebounding (5.7) and sixth in blocked shots (1.25).


High School — Attended Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, MA from 1996-98 and played for coach Steve Metz … As a senior he averaged 21 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots a game while leading Gov. Dummer to the State Class C championship and a 23-6 overall record … For the season, Gadzuric shot 54.0 from the field and 60.0 from the foul line … In 1997-98, he scored 603 points, No. 3 in Gov. Dummer history … During his prep career, he scored 1,499 points (No. 2 in school history), was fourth in scoring average (20.0) and holds the school rebounding record for a season (502) and career (1,130) … His many prep All-American honors included — first-team Slam, Parade, Basketball Times and McDonald’s … Also earned All-American honors from All Star Sports (second-team) and Basketball Weekly (third team) … On March 25, 1998 in Norfolk, VA at the McDonald’s All-American game, Gadzuric was a member of the East squad that defeated the West, 128-112 … As the starting center for the East team, he played 20 minutes, with 15 points, including seven of eight from the field and four rebounds … Played in the Nike Hoop Summit game on March 29, 1998 in San Antonio, TX and was a member of the winning International Junior team that beat the USA Junior National squad, 104-99 … As a prepster, also competed in soccer and track and field.


Personal — Grew up in Den Haag, Holland … Full name: Daniel Gadzuric (Gad-zer-ic) … Nickname: Big Dan … Born Feb. 2, 1978 in Den Haag … Parents: Dragosiava Gadzuric and SL Scott … One sister, Gloria … His favorite professional basketball team is the Lakers and his favorite player is Michael Jordan … Likes R & B and reggae music … History major.

Varsity Statistics
Cumulative				
Year	G-GS	FG-A	Pct.	FT-A	Pct.	R	Avg	Tp	Avg	A	Avg	
2000-01	32-29	156-292	.534	63-139	.453	275	8.6	375	11.7	18	0.5
1999-00	33-23	140-248	.565	39-101	.386	230	7.0	319	9.7	24	0.7
1998-99	24-17	88-163	.540	31-62	.500	136	5.7	207	8.6	17	0.7
Totals	89-69	384-703	.546	133-302	.440	641	7.2	901	10.1	59	0.7
(Three-point shots—2000-01: 0-0. .000; 1999-00: 0-0, .000; 1998-99: 0-0, .000; Totals: 0-0, .000)
NCAA Tournament
Year	G-GS	FG-A	Pct.	FT-A	Pct.	R	Avg	TP	Avg	A	Avg
2000-01	3-3	19-32	.594	2-11	.182	36	12.0	40	13.3	3	1.0
1999-00	3-0	13-20	.650	3-9	.333	21	7.0	29	9.7	0	0.0	
1998-99				Injured - Did Not Play
Totals	6-3	32-52	.615	5-20	.250	57	9.5	69	11.5	3	0.5
(Three-point shots—2000-01: 0-0, .000; 1999-00: 0-0, .000; 1998-99: 0-0, .000; Totals: 0-0, .000)

Gadzuric’s 2000-01 Game-By-Game 3-Pt. Opponent FG-A FG-A FT-A R PF TP A To B St Min Kansas* 3-10 0-0 2-2 2 1 8 1 0 0 1 29 Kentucky* 6-10 0-0 4-7 14 4 16 1 1 1 1 26 CS Northridge 6-12 0-0 0-0 8 3 12 1 3 2 1 27 UCSB* 10-12 0-0 1-5 5 5 21 0 2 1 1 28 Georgia Tech* 7-17 0-0 3-7 12 2 17 1 1 1 2 36 Hawaii* 6-10 0-0 0-4 5 4 12 0 1 3 0 23 UCI* 4-6 0-0 1-2 5 4 9 0 2 1 0 19 North Carolina 2-10 0-0 3-6 7 2 7 0 2 2 1 27 Purdue* 8-8 0-0 2-4 10 4 18 0 3 2 1 33 Washington* 8-10 0-0 3-8 16 2 19 0 4 4 1 24 Washington State* 3-5 0-0 0-2 12 2 6 1 6 3 0 27 USC* 3-8 0-0 1-2 5 4 7 1 5 0 1 18 Villanova* 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 2 0 1 1 1 9 Arizona State 2-7 0-0 2-2 11 4 6 1 2 0 0 21 Arizona* 4-8 0-0 1-2 9 3 9 0 5 2 2 27 Oregon State* 6-9 0-0 2-3 4 0 14 1 1 3 1 21 Oregon* 7-14 0-0 1-5 6 5 15 0 1 1 0 20 California* 2-6 0-0 5-8 6 3 9 0 1 1 0 22 Stanford* 5-6 0-0 0-1 5 5 10 0 1 1 1 22 USC* 5-13 0-0 2-5 11 4 12 0 3 1 1 31 DePaul* 3-7 0-0 1-2 9 2 7 1 2 1 1 28 Arizona* 9-14 0-0 4-7 17 4 22 2 1 3 0 41 Arizona State* 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 4 0 0 3 0 0 13 Oregon* 4-8 0-0 8-17 8 2 16 0 1 2 1 30 Oregon State* 6-11 0-0 3-4 8 5 15 1 2 1 1 32 California* 3-8 0-0 5-8 11 2 11 1 1 5 0 35 Stanford* 4-8 0-0 0-1 4 4 8 1 1 5 0 19 Washington State* 5-11 0-0 6-8 13 2 16 1 3 3 1 33 Washington* 5-6 0-0 1-6 12 3 11 0 1 3 0 31 Hofstra* 7-11 0-0 0-2 13 4 14 1 2 2 1 37 Utah State* 7-9 0-0 2-8 14 1 16 1 1 4 0 34 Duke* 5-12 0-0 0-1 9 2 10 1 3 2 1 38 *Starter


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