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Originally published Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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Flashback: Life "great" for Franklin state champ Boin

Boin's Quakers won a boys basketball state championship in 1954, defeating a Garfield team that featured future UW teammate Doug Smart, then a sophomore...

Athlete: Bruno Boin, Franklin Class of 1954.

Sport: Basketball.

High-school rewind: Boin's Quakers won a boys basketball state championship in 1954, defeating a Garfield team that featured future UW teammate Doug Smart, then a sophomore.

After high school: The 6-foot-8 Boin, who played for legendary coach Tippy Dye, earned 1956 All-Pacific Coast Conference honors and captained the Huskies in 1957 and 1959. He scored 1,336 career points, No. 12 on UW's career scoring list, and is a member of the school's All-Century team. Boin didn't play for the Huskies during a probation season of '58, but did star for the Buchan Bakers, who won the 1956 AAU national championship. Boin was drafted in 1959 by Detroit.

Personal: Boin married his college sweetheart, Sheila, and they will celebrate their 45th anniversary in June. They have three children — Patrick, 39; Drew, 36; and Leslie, 35 — and two grandchildren.

Fast forward: The former Huskies center, still going strong at 68, never played a game in the NBA because of a chronic bad back that plagued him since high school. But during his illustrious UW career, Boin never missed a practice or a game. "I'm very proud of that," he said.

Bruno Boin played basketball at Franklin and Washington.

Boin retired in 1998 after 33 years in the insurance business. He and his wife split time between Palm Desert, Calif., and Whidbey Island.

"My life is great," Bruno said in a phone interview. "All I do is go out to eat and play golf."

The impact player from a different era of basketball is dazzled by today's brand of college basketball. "The players are so much more athletic now," he said. "The things today's players do are amazing."

He loves watching current UW star Nate Robinson — "so much fun to watch" — but his favorite is Brandon Roy — "his game is rock solid."

Despite the current UW team's lack of a dominant center, Boin thinks the Huskies can go far in the NCAA tournament: "They are a quick, aggressive team that could give people fits. They could go to the Final Four, but it's anybody's guess."

Gregg Glass

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