(Courtesy of Gonzaga Athletics)
LAS VEGAS – Dan Dickau, Gonzaga men’s basketball inaugural first-team All-American, was among nine new members inducted into the 5th annual West Coast Conference Hall of Honor today. Previous Gonzaga honorees are men’s basketball players Frank Burgess, Jeff Brown and Blake Stepp, and men’s soccer player Brian Ching.
Joining Dickau from the other WCC institutions were Brigham Young’s LaVell Edwards (football), Loyola Marymount’s Edit Pakay (women’s cross country/tennis), Pepperdine’s Katherine Hull (women’s golf), Portland’s Darwin Cook (men’s basketball), Saint Mary’s Allegra Porter (women’s cross country), San Diego’s Petia Yanchulova (women’s volleyball), San Francisco’s Mary Hile-Nepfel (women’s basketball), and Santa Clara’s George “Pat” Malley (football).
The festivities were part of the WCC men’s and women’s Basketball Championships being played at The Orleans.
Dickau reflected on how he chose the University of Washington in high school, but “it didn’t go as well as I had planned.” There were several Zags he had played with or against in high school, including Richie Frahm, Casey Calvary and Zach Gourde, to name a few, and “I decided I wanted to go to Gonzaga. I knew there was something special going to happen there. I guess it worked out OK for both of us.”
In his two seasons with the Zags Dickau scored 1,125 points which still ranks 28th on the all-time Gonzaga charts.
Dickau, with wife Heather and five children in attendance, thanked Gonzaga coaches former GU coach Dan Monson, current head coach Mark Few and current assistant coach Tommy Lloyd for allowing him to come to Gonzaga. He also thanked athletic director Mike Roth and current Associate Athletic Director Steve Hertz for making his time at Gonzaga so special.
Dickau is one of Gonzaga’s most decorated men’s basketball players. He became Gonzaga’s inaugural Associated Press first-team All-American in 2002. In addition, he was named to the John R. Wooden Top Five All-America Team, was a Naismith Player of the Year finalist and was a two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 14 first-team selection. Dickau was a two-time WCC first-team selection and was the 2002 WCC Player of the Year and the 2002 WCC Tournament MVP. A broadcasting major, he was a first team Verizon Academic All-American in 2002 after being a District VIII first-team selection as a junior, graduating with a 3.4 GPA.
The native of Vancouver, Wash., still ranks 28th on Gonzaga’s all-time scoring list with 1,125 points and his 20.3 ppg in 2002 is tied for 13th on the single-season list. He is seventh in career 3-point field goals made (188), eighth in 3-point field goals attempted (404) and third in free throw percentage (86.4). Dickau led Gonzaga to a fourth straight WCC Tournament title in 2002 as scored a game-high 29 points in the title game against Pepperdine to earn his second straight tournament MVP honor.
Dickau was a first-round draft pick in 2002 of the Sacramento Kings, and was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on draft night where he began his NBA career that spanned six seasons. He also played overseas and in the NBA Developmental League. He spent the 2011-12 season with the Portland Blazers as a developmental coach after beginning the season as an analyst on the locally-televised Gonzaga men’s basketball games, a position he returned to for the 2012-13 season.