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Gonzaga Bulldogs Men’s Basketball: Revisiting Adam Morrison’s College Stats Legend and Where He Is Now

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(Photo : Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CA – Adam Morrison (#3) of the Gonzaga Bulldogs calls a play against the UCLA Bruins during the third round game of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Arena in Oakland on March 23, 2006 in Oakland, California.

Adam Morrison’s NBA career may not have panned out the way pundits and scouts expected it to, but no one can argue that he is one of the most legendary college basketball players of all time.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball team was a media sensation during his time for being able to go far as an underdog.

Right now, he is busy with his podcast and is hosting “The Perimeter with Adam Morrison” podcast while also working as an analyst for radio broadcasts of Gonzaga basketball.

He is back in the spotlight as one of the subjects of AT&T’s new “One Shining Moment” show that features legendary college basketball players.

Adam Morrison College Stats

Adam Morrison’s college stats compare to almost no one in the 2005-2006 season, where he averaged 28.1 in 33 games. It was a major leap for Morrison that season after just averaging 15 points per game in his first two years with the Bulldogs.

Adam Morrison was named the Co-Player of the Year for his brilliance by the United States Basketball Writers Association, with Duke’s JJ Redick. He also won the 2006 Chevrolet Player of the Year award and was a Naismith and Wooden Award finalist.

Gonzaga fans remember him the most for his game-winning shot against the University of San Francisco with 0.6 seconds to play.

His collegiate career ended in heartbreak after they botched a 17-point lead in the Sweet Sixteen match of the 2006 NCAA tournament to lose to UCLA.

He decided to forego his final college year and joined the NBA draft in 2006.

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Adam Morrison’s NBA career

Morrison’s college basketball exploits made him one of the most sought-after draftees in 2006.

He was drafted third overall by the Charlotte Bobcats, who were just in their first year under the watch of NBA great Michael Jordan, who took over the team’s Manager of Basketball Operations.

Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors) and LaMarcus Aldridge (Chicago Bulls) were drafted ahead of him.

He signed a two-year contract and made a good case for himself in the first few months. He worked as a starter and recorded a 30-point game against the Indiana Pacers. However, his defense was why he got relegated to a substitute role in 55 of the 78 games he played.

He joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008 and won two NBA titles, although he languished on the bench most of the time.

His career never took flight since then. Critics point his game’s decline to health – such as diabetes, which he has been dealing with since he was a child – and recurring injuries.

Adam Morrison now

Morrison is back in the spotlight with Gonzaga as an analyst, and with youngster Braden Huff making waves for the Bulldogs, he becomes a go-to resource person about the player’s growth.

“I will be curious as the year progresses, if he’s still productive, how many minutes he’s going to get,” Morrison said of Huff in his podcast.

“I think he’s got the most skill out of the bigs.”

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