College basketball Q&A: Gonzaga's David Stockton talks about growing up with a dad who's a Gonzaga and NBA legend

A Stockton playing point guard at Gonzaga? Yep, David is the son of Gonzaga legend and NBA great John Stockton. No surprise, he leads the Zags with 4.2 assists per game.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: March 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm •  Published: March 20, 2014
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A Stockton playing point guard at Gonzaga? Yep, David is the son of Gonzaga legend and NBA great John Stockton. No surprise, he leads the Zags with 4.2 assists per game.

Growing up the son of John Stockton, when did you realize that people knew about your dad and your family?

I went to all the games as a little kid in Salt Lake, all the home games, and just thought that’s what everybody’s dad did. As I grew up, I saw that what he did was so incredible and how he was treated off the court was incredible. You’re just kind of immersed in the stardom a little bit as kids, and he did a good job of trying to shelter us from that.

Because your dad was such a Gonzaga legend and your family is from Spokane, was it almost expected that you‘d go to Gonzaga if you could?

No. I didn’t really want to go here at first. I was familiar with Spokane; I lived there in the summers. But it wasn’t until the late 90s runs that I really got to know Gonzaga and basketball. When I had the chance to walk on here, I was gonna take it.

Your grandparents live there still and get to come to the games?

It’s a little bit of an honor to have grandparents who come to your games. I have a great grandfather who played football there, too, so just the legacy is kind of a cool thing.

Your granddad has something of a famous restaurant in Spokane, Jack and Dan’s Tavern. Best dish there?

It’s probably the green beer on St. Patrick’s Day.

Best non-St. Patty’s Day fare?

The fish and chips is awfully good. I’ll go with that.

Can’t beat fish and chips in the Pacific Northwest, can you?

No, you can’t.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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