Andrew Gaze

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Andrew Gaze
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Personal information
Born (1965-07-24) 24 July 1965 (age 49)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Listed height 201 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Listed weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Career information
High school Lake Ginninderra
(Canberra, Australia)
College Seton Hall (1988–1989)
Pro career 1984–2005
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Career history
1984–1991 Melbourne Tigers
1991–1992 Rex Udine
1992–2005 Melbourne Tigers
1994 Washington Bullets
1999 San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Andrew Barry Casson Gaze, AM (born 24 July 1965) is an Australian former professional basketball player.[1][2][3] He is considered as the greatest player in the history of the NBL and is a seven time winner of the league's Most Valuable Player award, which is now known as the Andrew Gaze Trophy.

Basketball career[edit]

Gaze, the son of Margaret and Lindsay Gaze, one of Australia's most respected basketball players and coaches, began his career in the NBL at age 18, being named Rookie of the year in 1984. He was the top scorer in the league for a total of 14 seasons. Not an outstanding athlete, Gaze's heavy scoring was due to exceptional shooting, including from three-point range. A crowd favourite, one of Gaze's trademark plays for the Tigers was a pass to American import Lanard Copeland for an alley oop.[4] Playing under his father with the Tigers, Gaze led the team to two titles and were perpetual finalists. He played in 612 NBL matches in his career.[5]

Gaze also excelled in the international arena, and in 2000 became (jointly with American Teresa Edwards) the third basketball player to compete at five Olympics, after Puerto Rican Teófilo Cruz and Brazilian Oscar Schmidt. He led the Boomers to their best performance, fourth at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. (The Boomers also came fourth in 1988 and 2000.[6]) He was selected as flag-bearer for the Australian team at the opening ceremony at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is the scoring record holder in Olympic competition, and second-highest scorer of all-time in World Championship play.

In 1988–89, Gaze played a season of U.S. college basketball at Seton Hall, arriving at the university in mid-October for the start of the NCAA basketball season and returning home immediately after his team's overtime loss to Michigan in the 1989 NCAA finals [7][8] in April. He tried out with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, but was not offered a contract and ultimately waived.[9] In 1993–94 he played seven games for the Washington Bullets. He had another short stint in the NBA in lockout-shortened 1998–99 with the San Antonio Spurs, but received very little court time and was injured for the latter part of the season. He received a championship ring after the Spurs won the 1999 NBA title, although he was left off the playoff roster.

After the Sydney Olympics, Gaze retired from international competition, but continued to play in the NBL. On 12 May 2005, he announced his retirement from the game after 612 games in the NBL and 20 years of professional basketball.

Soon after, he released his autobiography, A Kid, a Ball, a Dream, co-authored with Grantley Bernard.

Post-basketball life[edit]

Today, Gaze has carved out a career as a media personality, appearing on commercials for Dodo Internet and Voltaren and commentating NBL basketball matches for SEN 1116 and (occasionally) Fox Sports. Also, Gaze now coaches for the Melbourne Tigers' junior basketball club. Gaze appeared in series five of Dancing with the Stars.

In July 2007, Gaze was approached by members of the Australian Labor Party to stand as a candidate in a by-election for the Electoral district of Albert Park. Gaze had previously considered running for election for Labor.[10] He is a republican.[11]

Gaze is currently an expert commentator on NBL telecasts with Network Ten and One as well as co-hosting the NBL website's weekly podcast It Goes Off with Grantley Bernard. He is also a presenter on Channel Seven's Guide to the Good Life and on After the Bounce on Fox Footy.

In June 2013, Gaze was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, joining his father Lindsay as the only Australians in the Hall of Fame.[12]

Records and awards[edit]

Honour roll[edit]

NBL career: 1984–2005
NBL Grand Final appearances: 4 (1992, 1993, 1996, 1997)
NBL Championships: 2 (1993, 1997)
NBL Most Valuable Player: 7 (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
All-NBL First Team: 15 (1986-2000)
NBL Rookie of the Year: 1984
NBL 20th Anniversary Team: 1998
NBL 25th Anniversary Team: 2003
Gaze Medal 6 (1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000)
Australian Basketball Hall of Fame 2004
FIBA Hall of Fame 2013

NBL career stats[edit]

Games: 612 (Melbourne Tigers)
Points: 18,908 (30.9 ppg) - All time first
Free Throws: 4,114 / 4,783 (86.0%) - All time first
Field Goals: 6,484 / 12,529 (51.8%) - All Time First
3 Points: 1,826 / 5,005 (36.5%) - All time first

References[edit]

  1. ^ Basketball Australia : Board of Directors. Basketball.net.au. Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  2. ^ Speaker Andrew Gaze Full Biography – Speakers Bureau @ ICMI. Icmi.com.au. Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  3. ^ Andrew Gaze. NAB. Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  4. ^ Andrew Gaze and Lanard Copeland‏. YouTube (2008-07-05). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  5. ^ NBL Stats. NBL Stats (2011-02-06). Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  6. ^ Andrew Gaze Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at. Sports-reference.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  7. ^ Sperber, Murray. College Sports Inc.: The Athletic Department vs the University. New York: Henry Holt, 1991.
  8. ^ Gaze Is Gone But Questions Arise. Nytimes.com. 1989-04-14. Retrieved on 2013-03-03.
  9. ^ Sonics Release Gaze published 31 October 1989
  10. ^ "Gaze linked to state Labor seat". The Age. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  11. ^ ABC Radio National – The Sports Factor Transcript – 13 August July 1999. Webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-02.
  12. ^ Basketball legend ANDREW GAZE inducted into FIBA Hall Of Fame
  13. ^ "Gaze, Andrew Barry". It's an Honour. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Andrew Gaze AM". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  15. ^ Craig Bellamy, Gordon Chisholm, Hilary Eriksen (17 Feb 2006) Moomba: A festival for the people. pp. 17–22
  16. ^ The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities: Exegesis and Criticism – [2006] MULR 28; 30(3) Melbourne University Law Review 906. Austlii.edu.au. Retrieved on 2011-06-02.

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