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Andrew Gaze

Year of induction

Andrew was born into the Tiger family so it was no surprise that he played his entire junior career with the Tigers from under 12 to under 20 where he was part of a dominant era winning every state junior championship.

At age 15 he was included in the Melbourne Tigers senior team and was instrumental in helping the Tigers win a state senior championship competing against the likes of James Crawford, Cal Bruton and other “superstars” of the powerful Geelong team. In the following years he would add more VBA Championships, a SEABL Championship and two NBL titles to his collection.

He was the youngest ever Australian player selected for the 1984 Olympic Games team and subsequently competed in another four Olympics achieving highest scoring honours along the way. He was also Captain of the team in 1996 & 2000 as well as being the flag bearer in 2000. He also attended four World Championships and was Captain of the team in 1998.

Andrew accepted a scholarship to attend Seton Hall University in the United States leading them to the NCAA championship final. In the following years he would return to the United States for a replacement role with the Washington Bullets and a short stint with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 gained him a championship ring.

Andrew’s decorated career came to a close in 2005 after 7 NBL MVP awards, 14 NBL Scoring Titles & 2 NBL Championships. He leads the NBL in points scored (18,908) and heads the Tigers in NBL Games Played (612), Steals (1075) and Assists (3531). He was also named one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1991 and named to the NBL’s 20th & 25th Anniversary teams.

Post his playing career it was only natural that he follow in his father’s footsteps and coach the Tigers. He has coached the Tigers at both junior and senior levels and is now currently manning the sidelines in the NBL with the Sydney Kings.

To go along with his induction into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the FIBA Hall of Fame, tonight Andrew is inducted into the Melbourne Tigers Hall of Fame.

Congratulation on a splendid career from the Melbourne Tigers faithful and being selected as an inaugural inductee in the Melbourne Tigers Hall of Fame.