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Ron Putzi

2018 |


Ron had a long and illustrious basketball career that started with the Richmond Colts; four years with the NCAA Division 1 New Mexico State Aggies and then played professionally for 10 years in Europe. Ron also represented Canada on the international level for many years and won a silver medal at the 1991 World University Games.

Richmond Roots Ron grew up in Richmond and attended McKay, Burnett and Richmond High. In his youth, he played badminton, soccer, track and field, volleyball and gymnastics. At a young age Ron found his passion in basketball, which was further cultivated by Richmond High coach, Bill Disbrow.

Did You Know At 8 years old, Ron walked 135 feet on his hands at Hugh Boyd winning the Hand-Stand-Walk-A-Thon fundraiser.

Barriers Overcome Ron played his grade 11 year at Richmond High with his left patella (kneecap) in four pieces. After the season, Ron had surgery and two large pieces were arthroscopically removed.


Recognition In 2000, Ron was named to BC’s All-time Best Basketball Players Dream Team alongside Steve Nash. The Vancouver Sun named Ron the 1980’s player of the decade. In 2015 the 1988 Colts team was inducted into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame and in 2018; he was inducted to Basketball BC’s Hall of Fame.

All Awards

1986 Slam Dunk Champion Dolphin Park Classic (First ever winner)  
1986-87 2nd Team All-Star BC High School Boys Basketball AAA Provincial Championships  
1987-88 1st Team All-Star BC High School Boys Basketball AAA Lower Mainland Championships  
1987-88 1st Team All-Star BC High School AAA Provincial Championships  
1987-88 Most Valuable Player BC High School Boys Basketball AAA Provincial Championships  
1988 BC Athlete of the Year Sport BC Junior Male Athlete of the Year  
2000 1980’s Player of the Decade Vancouver Sun High School Player of the Decade  
2000 BC All-Time Dream Team The Province BC’s All-Time Best Basketball Players  

Championship Was part of the undefeated Richmond Colts who won back-to-back Provincial titles. Also won the 1992 NCAA Big West Conference Championships, 2000 Swiss National A League Champions and five Dolphin Park Championships.


1987-88 Most Valuable Player BC High School Boys Basketball AAA Provincial Championships  
1988 BC High School Athlete of the Year Sport BC Awards  
1988 Provincial Championship Final Game - Leading Scorer 60 Points – Current record for most points in a Provincial Championship final games  
1988 Richmond High - 61 points Vancouver College Emerald Tournament Final (School and Tournament Record)  
1990 National Champions Under 19 Team BC -Canada Games – National Champions - (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)  
1991 Silver Medalist Men’s Junior National Team -World University Games, Sheffield, England  
1992 Big West Conference Champions NCAA Division 1 Big West Conference Champions  
1992 Advanced to NCAA Sweet 16 New Mexico State University. NCAA Tournament (4 Games)  
1992 New Mexico State University NCAA - Big West Highest 3-point Average  
2000 Swiss National League Champion Swiss National A League Champions - Swiss Cup  
2000 European Cup - Sweet 16 Advanced to European Cup Final 16  
2015 Inducted into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame 1988 Richmond High Boys Basketball Team  
2018 Inducted into the Basketball BC Hall of Fame Basketball BC Hall of Fame  


Career Stats

YearTeam / OrganizationHighlight
1986-1996 Express Five Dolphin Park Classic Championships  
1987-1988 Richmond High School 34.0 points, 10.0 rebounds per game  
1988-1993 New Mexico State University 5.3 points, 3.2 rebounds per game  
1990-1993 Canadian National Team (FISU) 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds per game  
1993-1995 Fribourg Olympic Basketball Club European Professional Career - Swiss National A League  
1995-1996 Union Neuchatel Basketball Club Career averages: 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds per game  
1996-1997 Martigny Basketball Club  
1997-1998 Viganello Basketball Club  
1998-1999 Lugano Basketball Club  
1999-2001 Vacallo Basketball Club  
2002-2003 Nyon Basketball Club  

Contribution to Richmond Sport Ron helped the growth of the Developmentally Challenged Youth Basketball Association. He was instrumental in raising over $2.2 million in high school basketball scholarships and is a current director of Canada One Athletic Foundation.

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