Steve Kerr recounts playing against future Hall of Famer John Stockton as a high school recruit

Golden State Warriors coach and eight-time NBA champion Steve Kerr joined Dan Dickau for an interview on the Scorebook Live Today podcast’s ‘Quarantine Series.’

In the interview, which covers a wide range of topics, Kerr discusses why he jokingly — or not-so-jokingly — says John Stockton ruined his chances at getting a scholarship to Gonzaga as a high school recruit on his first visit.

Here is the excerpt. Listen in starting at the 5:42 mark:

Dan Dickau: You also had a really unique college recruiting experience. I’ve read a number of articles about how your recruitment went. There was a time that you were considering Gonzaga, but for some reason that didn’t work out. … For anybody who hasn’t heard that story, can you share how the Gonzaga recruitment happened?

Steve Kerr: Yeah, so they were recruiting me my senior year. And I didn’t have any offers in the middle of my senior year, but I was getting some interest and Gonzaga sent me a letter, made a couple calls and they said, ‘Hey, we want you to come on a visit when the season’s over.’ And I say great, I was excited, this was my first visit anywhere and they said, ‘just bring your stuff, you know, you can play when you’re up here.’ Perfect.

And I go up and see the campus, you know, see the locker room, meet the coaches, all that stuff. And they said, ‘Hey, our guys are going to play pickup. You should Go join them.’ I said perfect. Put my shoes on. I joined the pickup game. And I’m being guarded by a guy named John Stockton. He had just finished his senior season he was getting ready for the draft. You know, I’m, I’m a senior in high school. And I knew who he was because I was a basketball fan and, you know, growing up on the west coast I had heard of him, but it was a different time back then you didn’t have all the games on TV and everything. So, I didn’t know that much about him.

John proceeded to wipe the floor with me. I mean, he stole the ball from me, he scored on me and it was a total embarrassment. And again, they basically took me into the office and he said, ‘You know, we’re, we’re going to go in a different direction.’ So I always blamed John Stockton for ruining my future at Gonzaga.

Dickau: [Laughs] That’s a great story. I’m sure he did that to a lot of guys before people truly knew John Stockton.

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