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Andrew Barry Casson Gaze, AM (born 24 July 1965) is an Australian former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Sydney Kings
Sydney Kings
of the National Basketball
Basketball
League (NBL). He has been described as the greatest player Australia has ever produced.[1][2] Gaze played every season for the Melbourne
Melbourne
Tigers, between 1985 and 2005 and won the league's MVP award on seven occasions. He also guided the Tigers to two NBL championships, in 1993 and 1997, and was named an All-NBL first team member every year between 1986 and 2000, a feat matched by no other player in NBL history. Gaze led the senior Australian national team, the Boomers, to five Summer Olympic Games – including as the flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and he was also the Australian Team Captain. He was inducted into the Australian Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2005, after becoming a member of the Order of Australia
Order of Australia
in 2002. In 2013, he joined his father, Lindsay, in the FIBA
FIBA
Hall of Fame, to become just the third Australian inductee.[3][4] Two Australian basketball awards have been named in Gaze's honour: the NBL MVP award is named the Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
Trophy, and the Australian International Player of the Year award is named the Gaze Medal.

Contents

1 Early life and family 2 Professional career 3 National team career 4 Coaching career 5 Off the court 6 Records, honours and awards 7 Honour roll 8 NBL career stats 9 References 10 External links

Early life and family[edit] Gaze was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the son of Lindsay and Margaret Gaze, and has an older sister, Janet. Gaze is also the nephew of former Australian Opals
Australian Opals
coach Tony Gaze and the cousin of Mark Gaze, who played 182 games in the NBL from 1983–1991 and represented Australia at the 1982 FIBA
FIBA
World Championship. He is also the second cousin of Canberra Capitals
Canberra Capitals
guard Kate Gaze, the daughter of Mark Gaze and former WNBL player Michelle O'Connor. Gaze grew up at Albert Park Basketball
Basketball
Stadium, the home of the Victorian Basketball
Basketball
Association (VBA), with his father the general manager of the VBA at the time. After graduating from Albert Park College, Gaze pursed a professional basketball career and attended Victoria University in Melbourne. Professional career[edit] In 1984, Gaze joined the Melbourne Tigers
Melbourne Tigers
of the National Basketball League as an 18-year-old. His first season with the Tigers saw him win the NBL Rookie of the Year Award after averaging an impressive 29.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 24 games.[5] By 1986, he made his first All-NBL First Team selection. He would go on to earn first-team honours in 15 straight seasons (1986–2000). In the 1987 NBL season, Gaze set a still standing (as of 2017–18) NBL record for average points per game in a season when he averaged 44.1 points, breaking the previous record of 39.5 ppg set by Al Green of the West Adelaide Bearcats in 1984. This was despite the Tigers finishing on the bottom of the 1987 NBL ladder with a 3–23 record. Such was Gaze's dominance for the Tigers that while he averaged 44.1 ppg (in 20 games), the Tigers themselves only managed 101.3 ppg for the season. During 1987, Gaze had one 60-point game (against the Newcastle Falcons) and another five times he scored over 50 points. His dominance on the scoreboard wasn't just limited to scoring against other poorly performed teams. He twice scored 54 points against the Phil Smyth led Canberra Cannons
Canberra Cannons
who finished fifth; he averaged 49 points in two games against the 1986 champions (and 1987 minor premiers) Adelaide; he scored 54 points against eventual champions Brisbane; and scored 52 in the final game of the season against North Melbourne
Melbourne
who finished sixth. Following the 1988 NBL season, Gaze, who was spotted by talent scouts while playing for Australia at the 1988 Olympics, moved to the United States after being recruited to play college basketball for Seton Hall University. During the 1988–89 season, Gaze played in 38 games for the Seton Hall Pirates, averaging 13.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.[6] After completing his season at Seton Hall with an 80–79 overtime loss to the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA Championship Game which was played in front of 39,187 fans at the Kingdome
Kingdome
in Seattle, Gaze returned to Australia and re-joined the Tigers for the 1989 NBL season.[7] Not known for being an outstanding athlete, Gaze's heavy scoring in the NBL was due to exceptional shooting, including from three-point range. A crowd favourite to the Tigers faithful, Gaze was a front runner in the league's resurgence during the 1990s, as he and American import Lanard Copeland combined to form a formidable backcourt and guided the Tigers to two championships in 1993 and 1997.[8] Playing under his father with the Tigers, Gaze assured the team were perpetual finalists. In addition to playing in the NBL, Gaze spent multiple seasons overseas during the 1990s. In 1991, Gaze became the first Australian to play professionally in Europe, with the Italian League club side, Udine. In a six-month stint in Italy, he averaged over 30 points per game.[9] In March 1994, Gaze returned to the United States and signed with the NBA's Washington Bullets. In seven games for the Bullets during the 1993–94 NBA season, he averaged 3.1 points per game. In early 1995, he moved to Greece and played half a season for the Greek Basket League club Apollon Patras.[10] He had another short stint in the NBA during the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, this time with the San Antonio Spurs. He received very little court time for a stacked Spurs team that included guards Mario Elie, Avery Johnson, Antonio Daniels
Antonio Daniels
and Steve Kerr. He appeared in just 19 games for the Spurs during the regular season and was inactive for the entire playoff run which saw the Spurs win their first NBA championship.[11] In his later years, Gaze still managed to score at a high clip for the Tigers, averaging over 19 points per game in each of his last four NBL seasons. Following the 2004–05 NBL season, Gaze announced his retirement from the NBL. In 20 seasons with the Tigers, he played a total of 612 games and recorded 18,908 points at an average of 30.9 points per game.[5] National team career[edit] On the international stage, Gaze forged his reputation as one of Australia's finest products, appearing at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, as a 19-year-old. In 2000, he became (jointly with American Teresa Edwards) the third basketball player to compete at five Olympics, after Puerto Rican Teófilo Cruz and Brazilian Oscar Schmidt. That year, Gaze was the flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, and he was also the Australian Team Captain. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he led the Boomers to their best Olympic performance, a fourth-placed finish, with a 5–3 record.[12] Gaze also competed in four FIBA
FIBA
World Cups with the Boomers, as he played in more than 280 matches for Australia. Gaze is the second best all-time scorer in both major worldwide national team competitions, after Oscar Schmidt. He is the second all-time scorer, behind only Schmidt, in both Summer Olympic Games history, and FIBA
FIBA
World Cup history.[13] Coaching career[edit] On 8 December 2015, Gaze was appointed head coach of the Melbourne Tigers SEABL team for the 2016 season.[14][15] Gaze's cousin, Mark,[16] was appointed the Tigers' assistant coach. On 2 April 2016, Gaze was appointed head coach of the Sydney Kings
Sydney Kings
on a three-year deal, joining a revitalised franchise with a new general manager, a new owner and new home venue.[17] In June 2017, Gaze joined the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
as a member of their coaching staff for the Orlando Summer League.[18] Off the court[edit] After retiring from playing professionally, Gaze became a media personality and began commentating NBL games for Network Ten
Network Ten
and Fox Sports. He is also a presenter on Channel Seven's Guide to the Good Life and on After the Bounce on Fox Footy. In 2006, he appeared in season five of Dancing with the Stars.[19] In March 2016, Gaze became an ambassador for the non-for-profit organisation The Beehive Foundation, a charity that runs free programs to develop resilience and coping mechanisms for youth via junior sporting organisations.[20][21] Gaze and his wife Melinda have four children; Courtney, Phoebe, Annie and Mason. In 2014, he was named Australian Father of the Year by children's charity The Shepherd Centre.[22] Records, honours and awards[edit]

Record for most Summer Olympic Games for an Australian basket player (5 – 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000) Flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics
2000 Sydney Olympics
and the Australian Team Captain Inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame (2004), Sport Australia Hall of Fame (2005), and FIBA Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame
(2013) Was made a Member of the Order of Australia
Order of Australia
in 2002[3] NBL all-time:[23][24]

1st in Points – 18,908 (30.9) 1st in Assists – 3,531 (5.8) 1st in Field Goals Made – 6,484 1st in 3-Pointers Made – 1,826 1st in Free Throws Made – 4,114 2nd in Games Played – 612 3rd in Steals – 1,075 (1.8)

NBL's highest single-season points per game average (44.1, 1987) 2× NBL champion (1993, 1997) 7× NBL MVP (1991, 1992, 1994–1998) 15× All-NBL First Team (1986–2000) NBL Rookie of the Year (1984) 6× Australian International Player of the Year (1990, 1994–1996, 1998, 2000) Won the NBL Most Efficient Player Award every year of its existence (1990–1997) Was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991

Honour roll[edit]

NBL career: 1984–2005

NBL Championships: 2 (1993, 1997)

NBL Grand Final appearances: 4 (1992, 1993, 1996, 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
Basketball
Hall of Fame: 2004

Sport Australia Hall of Fame: 2005

FIBA
FIBA
Hall of Fame: 2013

NBL career stats[edit]

Games: 612

Points: 18,908 (30.9 ppg)

Rebounds: 5.1 rpg

Assists: 5.8 apg

Steals: 1.8 spg

Blocks: 0.4 bpg

Field Goals: 6,484 / 12,529 (51.8%)

3-Pointers: 1,826 / 5,005 (36.5%)

Free Throws: 4,114 / 4,783 (86.0%)

References[edit]

^ Scanlan, Alex (25 August 2015). "He set records galore in the NBL but has Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
been usurped as our best ever basketballer?". FoxSports.com. Retrieved 5 March 2017.  ^ "Q & A WITH ANDREW GAZE". NBL.com.au. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2017.  ^ a b ANDREW GAZE INDUCTED INTO FIBA
FIBA
HALL OF FAME ^ Basketball
Basketball
legend ANDREW GAZE inducted into FIBA
FIBA
Hall Of Fame ^ a b Player statistics for Andrew Gaze ^ Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
College Stats ^ Gaze Is Gone But Questions Arise ^ Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
and Lanard Copeland ^ Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
– Music Theatre Australia ^ Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
playing in Greece ^ Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
NBA Stats ^ Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
Olympic Stats ^ Australian Olympic Committee: Andrew Gaze ^ ANDREW GAZE ANNOUNCED AS MELBOURNE TIGERS HEAD COACH ^ Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
to coach Melbourne Tigers
Melbourne Tigers
in SEABL but NBL dreams remain ^ Australian basketballers making big impression in US college system ^ SYDNEY KINGS ANNOUNCE ANDREW GAZE AS NEW HEAD COACH ^ GAZE JOINS INDIANA PACERS ^ Gaze bounces out of show ^ "Ambassadors". BeehiveFoundation.org.au. Retrieved 22 March 2016.  ^ "We are extremely excited to announce that Basketball
Basketball
Legend and media..." Facebook.com. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.  ^ Basketball
Basketball
legend Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
named 2014 Australian Father of the Year ^ "#NBLRANK THE GREATEST PLAYERS OF ALL TIME – SHOOTING GUARD". aussiehoopla.com. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2017.  ^ "NBL ALL-TIME STATISTICS". aussiehoopla.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 

External links[edit]

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