Ladd named to Seattle U Hall of Fame

Ladd named to Seattle U Hall of Fame

In an era when point guards were mostly bound to the ground and worked exclusively below the rim, Gary Ladd's ability to go above and beyond expectations made him a standout at Seattle University.

From 1969 to 1972, Ladd ran the show for some of the most offensively prolific squads in school history, and for that he was honored this week as part of the SU Athletics Hall of Fame's 2014 class.

Ladd scored 877 points, handed out 162 assists and grabbed 171 rebounds during his college career. As a senior, he became the first Seattle U player to earn first team all-conference honors in the West Coast Athletic Conference when he averaged 13 points and six dimes for a Chieftains unit that put up 92 points per game.

Standing 5-foot-10, Ladd compensated for his shorter frame with an athleticism that was uncommon for the point guard position. His vertical leap was reported at over 40 inches. For a modern-day example of Ladd's player profile, think Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Ladd was selected by the Sonics in the fifth round of the '72 NBA draft, and while he also had training-camp stints with the Spurs and Trail Blazers, never appeared in an NBA regular-season game. Ladd played briefly in Europe. The Harlem Globetrotters once offered him a spot, but he turned it down.

After his playing days, the Portland native remained in the Seattle area and has been a successful entrepreneur and businessman in several industries, from barbershops to basketball clinics.

Joining Ladd in Seattle U's 2014 Hall of Fame class is baseball shortstop Steve Conklin (1968); tennis player Warren Farmer ('72); golfer Dale Lingenbrink ('58); soccer player Cam Weaver (2004); the 1957 men's golf team; and longtime athletic department physician Dr. Joe Shamseldin.

The induction ceremony will be on March 2, 2014, in the Campion Tower Ballroom at Seattle University.

NOTES

* The Redhawks take their three-game win streak into Sunday's matchup with Pacific Lutheran at KeyArena. The Lutes, an NCAA Division III program, are 3-2 this season.

* Three of Seattle U's Class of 2014 recruiting targets had big nights on Friday. Kentridge High School guard Jawan Stepney scored 28 points in a win over Auburn Riverside, Rainier Beach power forward Elijan Foster had 16 points in a 51-point rout of West Seattle, and Foss shooting guard Armond Davis scored 26 while outplaying University of Washington signee Donaven Dorsey and Timberline High.

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