All-time leading points scorer in the NBL (32.0 ppg)
Andrew Barry Casson Gaze, AM (born 24 July 1965) is an Australian former professional basketball player. 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.
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. 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.
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 in April. He tried out with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, but was not offered a contract and ultimately waived. 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.
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.
Crowned Moomba Monarch (popularly called King of Moomba) by the Melbourne festival committee in 1994.
Former Consultation Committee Member of the Human Rights Consultation Committee of Victoria which formulated the Draft Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, a precursor to the Victorian Charter of Rights.