Dan Gadzuric to Stay in School
April 10, 2001
Dan Gadzuric, who just completed his junior campaign at UCLA and established himself as one of the top collegiate centers in the nation, announced today that he is staying at UCLA for his senior season of 2001-02 and will not enter the 2001 NBA Draft.
A 6-11, 235-pounder from Den Haag, Holland who prepped at Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, MA, Gadzuric in 2000-01 appeared in all of UCLA's 32 games, started 29 and averaged nearly 27 minutes a contest. He was UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.7) and led the Bruins in rebounding (8.6), field goal percentage (53.4, 156-292) and blocked shots (1.9). He led the Bruins in rebounding 15 times last season and finished with 11 double-doubles (points-rebounds). He finished the season strongly, leading UCLA in rebounding and getting double-doubles in four of UCLA's final five games.
His most dominating performance of the season occurred on Feb. 15 in Pauley Pavilion when the Bruins beat Arizona 79-77 in overtime. In the game before on Feb. 10, when UCLA beat DePaul 94-88 in Chicago, Gadzuric suffered a severely sprained left ankle and was listed as doubtful for the game vs. Arizona (he did not practice the week of the Arizona game). Not only did Gadzuric start and play against the Wildcats, he responded with a career-high 41 minutes and a career-high tying 22 points and 17 rebounds. After the game, Arizona head coach Lute Olson said Gadzuric was the most dominant big man the Wildcats had faced all season.
In the 2001 Pac-10 final regular season statistics, Gadzuric was No. 2 in rebounding, No. 8 in field goal percentage and No. 3 in blocked shots.
With one season left to play, Gadzuric is already on several UCLA career charts - No. 22 rebounder (641, 7.2), No. 10 field goal percentage (54.6, 384-703) and No. 2 blocked shots (142, No. 1 is Jelani McCoy, 188, 1996-98).
'Our UCLA basketball family is extremely happy that Dan is staying at UCLA for his senior season,' said Bruin head coach Steve Lavin. ' I wanted him to take the time necessary and do the research to make an informed decision. After considering all the factors, Dan has decided to stay at UCLA and we couldn't be happier. It's refreshing that Dan values his collegiate experience, both academically and athletically.'