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Dan Gadzuric, The Netherlands
NBa.com: Career History & Highlights: Dan Gadzuric attended the University of California at Los Angeles from 1998 to 2002. He is a part of the school’s long tradition of good, strong collegiate big men. Gadzuric was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 as a senior. He finished his collegiate career ranked second in Bruins history (8th in Pac-10), and in blocks (184) -trailing only Jelani McCoy of the LA Lakers by only four blocks-, eighth in rebounds (896) and tied for eighth in field goal percentage (.594). Gadzuric became the 42nd UCLA player to score 1,000 points and ranks 29th in that category.
1998-99 (Freshman): Gadzuric earned Pac-10 All-Freshman team honors and was on College Hoop Insider’s All-Freshman squad. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending injury on February 24, tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee. He led the team in blocks per game and was sixth in the Pac-10 (1.3) and field goal percentage (.540) before the injury. Gadzuric scored in double figures 11 times.
1999-2000 (Sophomore): Hampered with tendinitis in his right knee throughout his sophomore campaign, he scored in double figures in eight of his last 12 games, averaging 11.3 points in that span. He averaged 9.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 bocks in three NCAA Tournament games. His best all-around game of the season came vs. California when he posted 22 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots. He established his career-high 17 rebounds and added 14 points against Colorado State. Gadzuric registered seven double-doubles.
2000-01 (Junior): He paced the Bruins with 8.6 rpg, the highest UCLA average since Ed O’Bannon’s 8.8 rpg in 1994. His 60 blocked shots rank fifth on the single-season UCLA list. Gadzuric led his team in rebounding 15 times. During the final 24 games in which the Bruins went 19-5, he averaged 11.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, including one game in which he scored 22 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds vs. Arizona.
Name: Daniel Gadzuric (Gad-zher-eech)
Nickname: The Flying Dutchman
Origin: Den Haag, Netherlands
Schools: Governor Dummer Academy, UCLA '02
Drafted: 2002, Second round, 34th pick by the Milwaukee Bucks
Teams (jersey): UCLA Bruins (#50), Milwaukee Bucks (#50)
IBN Facts: Gadzuric's mother is Serbian while his father is of Dutch descent.
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