Basketball superstar Andrew Gaze has been making a name for himself in the world of sports since the mid-80s, and now works as a commentator and public speaker. He is professional, witty, and known for spending just as much time mingling with guests as he does on the podium. Proud of his country as well as his career, his life stories and insights into the world of professional sports and public policies are a fantastic addition to events.
Regarded as the greatest basketballer Australia has ever produced, Andrew Gaze has played in a record five Olympic Games, is the highest point scorer in Olympic history, has played in four World Championships and is the second highest point scorer in world championship history.
Achievements: He holds the record for most Olympic Games for an Australian basketballer (five), scored 18,908 points in the NBL over 612 games in a 22-season span at an average of 30.9 points per game, received the NBL’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award a record seven times, was named Australian International Player of the Year six times, and won the NBL Most Efficient Player award every year from 1990 to 1997, which was then discontinued, making Andrew the only ever person to win the award.
Andrew has played with the Washington Bullets (1994) and the San Antonio Spurs (1999) in the US’ NBA. He also played in the Seton Hall NCAA Championships 1988-1989.
Andrew was named Rookie of the Year when he made his debut with the Melbourne Tigers in 1984 and following that led the team to two National titles. 1984 was also the year of his Olympic debut in Los Angeles. The LA Games led to Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and finally Sydney. During that period Andrew played more than 280 games for his country.
At the Sydney Olympics, Andrew was rewarded for his contribution to basketball and the Olympics by being named as the captain of the Australian Olympic Team and flag bearer for the Australian Team at the opening ceremony.
After a career spanning over 20 years in the NBL, Andrew announced his retirement from the Melbourne Tigers in June 2005. As part of his commitment to basketball, Andrew will continue to be involved in the Melbourne Tigers and has taken up the position of Media Manager for the Club.
Despite his heavy commitments to basketball over the years, Andrew has still managed a strong involvement with a range of community causes. As part of this community involvement, Andrew is one of NAB’s ambassadors where he supports and adds value to the organisation’s many community programs.
He can be seen as a presenter on Channel Seven’s Guide to the Good Life and After the Bounce on Fox Footy.