Andrew Gaze

1965 -

Andrew Gaze, one of the greatest basketball players Australia has produced, competed in five Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000) - and led the Boomers to their best performance, fourth at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He played more than 280 matches for Australia. For the Sydney Games in 2000 he was selected as flag-bearer for the Australian team. Between them he and his father Lindsay made a huge, enduring contribution to Olympic history: Lindsay played in three Olympics (1960, 1964, 1968), and coached the Australian team in four (1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984).

Andrew Gaze, who was named the NBL’s Rookie of the Year in 1984, was the League’s top scorer for 14 seasons. Over 16 seasons he scored more than 16,000 points at an average of almost 34 points a game, won two championships, recorded almost 3000 assists and was named the League’s most valuable player (MVP) a record seven times. He played in four world championships, and is regarded as the second best scorer in international basketball after the great Brazilian Oscar Schmidt.

In 1989 Gaze played for the American university Seton Hall - which reached the final four of the NCAA championships that year - and was rewarded with a trial with NBA’s Seattle Supersonics. In 1993-94 he played with the Washington Bullets, and in 1998-99 with the San Antonio Spurs. He also played in Greece and Italy. In May 2005 Gaze announced his retirement from the game after 612 matches in the NBL and 20 years as a professional basketballer.

Harry Gordon, AOC Historian

Olympic Results

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Men
Preliminaries Group B - Match 10 - CAN V AUS HT: 48-51 CAN 101-90 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Match 24 - AUS V YUG HT: 28-45 YUG 66-80 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Match 36 - AUS V RUS HT: 47-30 RUS 75-71 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 46 - ANG V AUS HT: 43-41 ANG 88-65 Win
Quarter Final HT: 27-31 ITA 62-65 Win
Semi Final HT: 29-44 FRA 52-76 Loss
Bronze Final HT: 35-51 LTU 71-89 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - Match 60 - AUS V ESP HT: 36-40 ESP 91-80 Win
Final Placing 4 / 12

Atlanta 1996 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Men
Preliminaries Group B - AUS V KOR HT: 64-37 KOR 111-88 Win
Preliminaries Group B - YUG V AUS HT: 54-28 YUG 91-68 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - AUS V BRA HT: 41-46 BRA 109-101 Win
Preliminaries Group B - PUR V AUS HT: 53-51 PUR 96-101 Win
Preliminaries Group B - AUS V GRE HT: 52-30 GRE 103-62 Win
Quarter Final HT: 41-33 CRO 73-71 Win
Semi Final HT: 51-41 USA 101-73 Loss
Bronze Final HT: 36-34 LTU 80-74 Loss
Final Placing 4 / 12

Barcelona 1992 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Men
Preliminaries Group B - PUR V AUS HT: 31-57, FT: 76-116 PUR 76-116 Win
Preliminaries Group B - EUN V AUS HT: 35-31, FT: 85-63 EUN 85-63 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - VEN V AUS HT: 27-43, FT: 71-78 VEN 71-78 Win
Preliminaries Group B - AUS V CHN HT: 39-28, FT: 88-66 CHN 88-66 Win
Preliminaries Group B - AUS V LTU HT: 46-45, FT: 87-98 LTU 87-98 Loss
Quarter Final HT: 41-31, FT: 98-65 CRO 98-65 Loss
Classification 5-8 HT: 52-44, FT: 109-79 GER 109-79 Win
Classification 5-6 HT: 44-38, FT: 90-80 BRA 90-80 Loss
Final Placing 6 / 12

Seoul 1988 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Men
Preliminaries Group A - Match 06 - AUS V URS HT: 35-53, FT: 69-91 URS 69-91 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - Match 13 - AUS V KOR HT: 51-39, FT: 95-75 KOR 95-75 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 09 - AUS V CAF HT: 57-35, FT: 106-67 CAF 106-67 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 12 - AUS V YUG HT: 43-52, FT: 78-98 YUG 78-98 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 01 - AUS V PUR HT: 50-36, FT: 81-77 PUR 81-77 Win
Quarter Final HT: 40-41, FT: 74-77 ESP 74-77 Win
Semi Final HT: 31-44, FT: 70-91 YUG 70-91 Loss
Bronze Final HT: 29-52, FT: 49-78 USA 49-78 Loss
Final Placing 4 / 12

Los Angeles 1984 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Men
Preliminaries Group A - Match 05 - AUS V BRA HT: 34-38, FT: 76-72 BRA 76-72 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 09 - YUG V AUS HT: 39-28, FT: 94-64 YUG 94-64 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - Match 21 - ITA V AUS HT: 48-48, FT: 93-82 ITA 93-82 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - Match 13 - FRG V AUS HT: 36-31, FT: 66-67 FRG 66-67 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 25 - AUS V HT: 38-37, FT: 94-78 EGY 94-78 Win
Quarter Final HT: 45-38, FT: 101-93 ESP 101-93 Loss
Classification 5-8 HT: 40-41, FT: 101-95 URU 101-95 Loss
Classification 7-8 HT: 46-42, FT: 83-78 FRG 83-78 Win
Final Placing 8 / 12