Mike Gansey

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Mike Gansey
Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionAssistant to the general manager
Personal information
Born (1982-12-21) December 21, 1982 (age 36)
Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High schoolOlmsted Falls
(Olmsted Falls, Ohio)
CollegeSt. Bonaventure (2001–2003)
West Virginia (2004–2006)
NBA draft2006 / Undrafted
Playing career2006–2011
Career history
2007–2008Indesit Fabriano
2008Anaheim Arsenal
2008–2009Eisbaren Bremerhaven
2009Idaho Stampede
2009–2010Erie BayHawks
2010–2011CB 1939 Canarias

Michael Gansey (born December 21, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player and current basketball executive, presently serving as the assistant general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), having previously served as the GM for the Cavaliers' NBA G League affiliate the Canton Charge.

Playing career[edit]

He played for the Los Angeles Clippers on their 2007 NBA Vegas Summer League team.[1] After the summer league was over, he signed a contract for the 2007–08 season with the Italian team Indesit Fabriano. He played college basketball as a shooting guard for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and the West Virginia University Mountaineers.

The 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), 188 lb (85 kg) guard emerged as a national star for the Mountaineers during his tenure at WVU. Although it was speculated that he may get drafted as high as late first round in the 2006 NBA Draft, Gansey, along with his West Virginia teammate Kevin Pittsnogle, went undrafted. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Heat in July 2006,[2] and played in summer league games, but was waived before the season. Mike was waived after having a life-threatening staph infection that limited his play.[3]

On September 24, 2008, Gansey was selected by the Erie Bayhawks with the first overall pick in the expansion draft.[4] One of Gansey's brothers, Steve Gansey, played NCAA Division II basketball for the Ashland Eagles, after playing his freshman and sophomore years with the Division I Cleveland State Vikings.

Early years[edit]

Gansey, who grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Olmsted Falls, was a three-time All-State player at Olmsted Falls High School, including first-team honors in his final two years. He is the school's all-time leading scorer at 1,909 points for his career. In his senior season, he averaged 27.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 3.3 steals per game, and was named the state's Division II Player of the Year, finishing second in Mr. Basketball voting behind LeBron James.[5] He then began his college career at St. Bonaventure University.

St. Bonaventure[edit]

In Gansey's freshman season of 2001-02, he averaged 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, mainly coming off the bench, and was named to the all-newcomer team in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The following season (2002–03), he became a regular starter, averaging 13.9 points and 5.0 rebounds, and also shooting just over 40% from three-point range. However, the St. Bonaventure basketball program would be rocked by an academic scandal during that season, when it was revealed that a junior-college transfer had been admitted to the university by virtue of a welding certificate.[1] With NCAA sanctions hanging over the program, several players, including Gansey, jumped ship immediately after that season.[6] Once he announced his intention to transfer, he was pursued especially hard by WVU coach John Beilein,[7] who was coaching in the A-10 at Richmond during Gansey's freshman year at St. Bonaventure. Gansey would enroll at West Virginia University.

West Virginia[edit]

After sitting out the 2003-04 season as required under NCAA transfer rules, Gansey entered the Mountaineers' starting lineup. During the summer of 2004, the team toured Europe (all Division I teams are allowed one offseason overseas trip every four years); Gansey scored 22 points in his first game as a Mountaineer, against the Netherlands national team. He went on to lead the Mountaineers in scoring on the tour at 15.5 points per game.

In his first season at WVU, he averaged 12.0 points and 5.1 rebounds, leading the team in rebounds and becoming a crowd favorite for his hustling play. During a strong late-season run, Gansey and teammate Kevin Pittsnogle were the main keys to turning the Mountaineers from an NCAA tournament "bubble team" to a regional finalist that lost its bid for the Final Four in overtime against Louisville. During the offseason, Gansey played on the gold medal-winning USA team at the World University Games in Turkey.

The 2005-06 season promised to be a big season for the Mountaineers, who were returning four of their starting five and virtually all their roster. As the Mountaineers were reaching heights in the national rankings they had not seen since the early 1980s and gaining a level of national publicity they had last seen in the days of Jerry West in the late 1950s, Gansey stepped up his game to a new level. As of February 9, 2006, he was averaging 18.5 points while taking fewer than 12 shots per game, and adding 5.5 rebounds per game. More remarkably, Gansey was shooting 59.7% from the field, making him the only player in NCAA Division I under 6'5" (1.96 m) in the top 50 in the nation in field-goal percentage. WVU made the Sweet 16 of the 2006 NCAA Tournament before losing to the Texas Longhorns on a buzzer-beating 3 pointer.

Gansey had the 18th highest career scoring average at WVU (14.35), the ninth best field goal percentage in a career (52.6%), the third best 3-point field goal percentage in a career (39.4%), the seventh most steals per game in a career (1.75) and the 12th most minutes per game in a career (32.12). Gansey was named First-team All Big-East[8] as well as an AP Honorable Mention All-American.[9] He was one of ten finalists for the Oscar Robertson Award,[10] a finalist for the Wooden Award,[11] as well as a finalist for the Naismith Trophy.[12]

NBA G League[edit]

Erie Bayhawks[edit]

On September 24, 2008, Gansey was selected with the Erie Bayhawks' first round pick in the 2008 expansion draft.[4]

Idaho Stampede[edit]

On November 5, 2009, Gansey was drafted by Idaho Stampede in the 2009 D-league draft.[13]

Professional career[edit]

In 2007-08 season, he went to Italy to play in Fabriano Basket. The following 2008-09 season he went to Germany and played for Eisbaren Bremerhaven in the top division of the BBL. In 2009-10 he played in Chengdu, China during the NBA China Challenge. Later, in the 2009-10 season, he signed with Ciudad de La Laguna Canarias of the LEB Oro.

Post-playing career[edit]

On April 13, 2017, Gansey was named the NBA Development League's Basketball Executive of the Year, as selected by his fellow NBA G League basketball executives. As General Manager of the Canton Charge, Gansey presided over a Charge team that amassed a 29–21 regular season record, securing Canton's sixth-consecutive trip to the NBA D-League postseason as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Hired as the team's general manager prior to the 2015–16 season, Gansey has held a leadership role in the Charge's front office since 2012.[14]

On July 26, 2017, Gansey was promoted to assistant GM of the Cavaliers, serving under GM Koby Altman.[15]


  1. ^ "Clippers Summer League Roster Set". Clippers TopBuzz. 2007-07-02. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.
  2. ^ Rick Starr (July 6, 2006). "WVU's Gansey signs deal with Heat". -Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh. Archived from the original on July 20, 2006.
  3. ^ Steve Delsohn and Brian Franey (March 16, 2007). "MRSA has sidelined careers, even caused death". ESPN.com.
  4. ^ a b NBA Development League: 2008 Expansion Draft Board Archived 2010-11-18 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Sophomore named Ohio Mr. Basketball". The Associated Press. March 22, 2001.
  6. ^ Gansey, signee Tathum leave Bonnies - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  7. ^ Gansey far removed from St. Bona fiasco - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  8. ^ John Antonik (March 6, 2006). "Men's Basketball: Pittsnogle, Gansey Make 1st Team". MSNsportsNET.com.
  9. ^ "Blake Schilb earns Honorable Mention notice as AP announces men's basketball All-America teams". Horizon League. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  10. ^ "Redick, Williams among Robertson Trophy finalists (Associated Press)". ESPN.com. February 28, 2006.
  11. ^ "Redick, Brown headline Wooden Award midseason list". ESPN.com. January 30, 2006.
  12. ^ "Men's Basketball: Naismith Candidates". MSNsportsNET.com. November 23, 2005.
  13. ^ 2009 NBA D-League Draft Results Archived 2010-11-18 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Canton Charge's Mike Gansey Named NBA D-League Executive of the Year". NBA.com. April 13, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  15. ^ Cavaliers announce changes and additions to Koby Altman's staff - Cleveland.com (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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