Former USC Basketballer Monte Gonzales Dies

June 6, 2006

Monte Gonzales, who was the MVP of the 1958 USC men's basketball team, died this past Sunday (June 4) in Bakersfield. He was 75.

The 5-10 Gonzales lettered two seasons (1957-58) at USC, where he started both years at guard. He earned All-Pacific Coast Conference honorable mention notice as a 1957 junior when he averaged 11.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. He then made the 1958 All-PCC second team while averaging 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds.

After spending time in the Navy, he transferred to USC from College of the Sequoias in Visalia (Calif.), where he was twice named to the All-Central California junior college first team.

He prepped at Belmont High in Los Angeles, where he earned All-L.A. City third team honors.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, daughters Kelle and Kristy and sons Monte and Corey, as well as six grandchildren.

A memorial service is tentatively planned for June 24 in Bakersfield.

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