Gus Johnson
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/02/2007
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While he was only at Idaho for one season, Gus Johnson’s impact on Vandal basketball was huge. Thousands of fans lined up outside Memorial Gym to see Johnson in action in 1963, when he earned All-America honors and averaged 19.0 points and 20.3 rebounds and led the Vandals to a 20-6 overall record. His 466 rebounds is still a Vandal record by a margin of 133. His 20.3 rebounding average in 1963 was second in the NCAA. Johnson holds five school records at Idaho, including single-game field goals (16), attempts (34) and rebounds (31), as well as single-season rebounds and rebound average (20.3). Johnson was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the second round of the 1963 NBA draft, sparking the beginning of an 11-year NBA career that featured four All-NBA selections, five NBA All-Star Game appearances and recognition as one of the best players in league history. In 1987, his #43 jersey became the first jersey retired in Idaho basketball history. In recognition of his achievements, Idaho gives out the Gus Johnson Award each year to the team’s top rebounder or defensive player.

 

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