Bears vs. Creighton Postgame Press Conference - Players
As Thurman's game continues to evolve, so does MSU's success. The junior has what Coach Lusk calls "game changing" scoring ability, and with 8 or more points in four of his last seven games in 2013-14, Thurman looks poised for a breakout season.
2013-14 Improved greatly for his sophomore season, snagging 58 rebounds and knocking down 25 3-pointers while seeing action in 29 games ... Made 22 of his last 24 free throws to end season ... Scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots in season finale against Murray State (3/19/14) in CIT first round ... Had team-high 9 points in MVC Semifinal vs. No. 2 Wichita (3/8/14) ... Was 6-for-6 at the line in win over Indiana State (2/22/14) ... Posted 9 points off the bench at Illinois State (2/18/14) behind a 3-for-3 effort beyond the arc in a 15-minute tour ... Contributed 5 points on 2-of-5 shooting with a 3-pointer in 8-minute appearance vs. UNI (2/15/14) ... Had a 3-for-6 day from the field in loss at SIU (2/8/14) .. Went 2-for-2 at the line with a 3-pointer in road win at Evansville (2/5/14) ... Posted 7 points on 3-of-5 shooting in win over Bradley (2/1/14) ... Got a 19-minute assignment at Drake (1/29/14) and finished with 6 points ... Posted 14 points off the bench in home win over SIU (1/25/14) on a 6-for-6 effort at the line and 4-for-7 shooting night ... Dropped in a key 3-pointer just before the half in win over Evansville (1/21/14) ... Posted 5 points off the bench at UNI (1/18/14) and shared team-high rebounding honors with 4 ... Scored 9 points in his first start of the season (1/15/14) at Indiana State and matched career-high with 4 free throw attempts ... Played 15 minutes and went 4-for-5 from the field for 9 points and career-high 2 blocks against his hometown Wichita State club (1/11/14) ... Saw first action since (12/7/13) with a 9-point effort at Loyola to go with game-high 7 rebounds ... Tallied 4 points off the bench at No. 4/6 Louisville (12/17/13) ... Posted 4 rebounds in 8-minute stint with a key 3-pointer in win at ORU (12/13/13) ... Snagged 4 rebounds in 15-minute assignment vs. Cameron (12/4/13) ... Shared team-high scoring honors with 14 points against Virginia (11/30/13) after knocking down 4-of-6 from 3-point range ... Posted 7 points off the bench on 3-for-5 shooting against Hampton (11/24/13) ... Knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored 8 points vs. Grambling (11/20/13) ... Knocked down a key second-half 3-pointer in win at Old Dominion (11/8/13) in season opener.
2012-13 Averaged more than 21 minutes per game and earned 12 starts as the No. 5 freshman scorer in the Missouri Valley Conference during his rookie campaign ... His 214 points ranked 13th on MSU's all-time freshman scoring list and were fourth on the 2012-13 club ... Was also third on the team in free throw percentage (.700) and sixth in rebounds (88) ... Named MVC Newcomer of the Week on 1/28/13 after posting 7 rebounds and 2 assists in fourth straight start vs. Drake (1/27/13) and 8-for-17 effort from the field with 3 3-pointers in 21-point outburst against his hometown Wichita State (1/23/13) ... Was 3-for-5 off the bench vs. Wichita State in MVC Tournament quarterfinals (3/8/13) ... Played 18 minutes off the bench and recorded a huge jumper for the Bears in their Senior Night win over Bradley (3/2/13) ... Jumped center for the first time in his career at No. 22 Wichita State (2/9/13) ... Registered team-high 19 points at No. 17/21 Creighton (1/30/13) ... Was 4-for-5 from 3-point range and matched team-high with 13 points to go with 6 boards and 2 assists at Bradley (1/19/13) ... Notched game-high 18 points with 6 rebounds and 32 minutes at Indiana State (1/16/13) in his second career start ... Recorded third double-figure scoring game in six tries with 10 points and 3 boards off the bench vs. No. 11/13 Creighton (1/11/13) ... Notched 13 points with a pair of 3-pointers and 2 assists in win at Drake (1/5/13) ... Compiled 30 minutes in OT loss at Evansville (1/2/13) with his first 2 career steals and a pair of 3-pointers, including a go-ahead trey with 3:49 to play ... Recorded second double-figure scoring game of his career with 10 points off the bench at New Mexico State (12/22/12) ... Had his best effort in a month with 9 points at Alabama A&M (12/18/12), including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half to give the Bears a one-point lead ... Had 3 points and 4 rebounds in home win over Malone (11/21/12) in his first collegiate start ... Played 21 minutes, scored 19 points and snagged 8 boards in collegiate debut against Philander Smith (11/9/12) on 8-of-13 shooting performance to earn MSU Coors Player of the Week honors ... Tallied 39 points in two exhibition games, making 14-of-25 field goal attempts ... During team's 2012 summer foreign tour of Costa Rica, he averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds with 7 assists and 4 steals in the four games.
High School Was part of a 23-2 Kansas Class 6A championship team as a senior in 2011-12 for Coach Joe Auer at Heights High in Wichita ... Averaged 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a senior with 41 three pointers ... Averaged 13.0 points in five substate and state tournament games ... Falcons defeated Blue Valley North, 73-61, at Koch Arena in Wichita, in the state finals ... Was prep teammates with Kansas signee Perry Ellis who was named national prep player of the year ... Heights had a 62-game winning streak -- a Kansas prep record -- snapped on 2/21/12 ... His senior season was highlighted with the following efforts: 14 points and 10 rebounds in 82-52 win against his former team, Southeast (1/31/12); 18 points and 12 rebounds in win over Wichita West (2/7/12); 19 points and 7 boards in win over Wichita Northwest (2/10/12); season-high 27 points in substate win over Junction City (2/29/12) with a 7-for-9 night from three-point range ... As a junior, he scored 19.8 points and collected 7.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per contest for Coach Carl Taylor at Southeast High School in Wichita ... Earned first-team all-state and all-city honors as a junior ... Led the Golden Buffalo to a 13-9 season in 2010 and then transferred to Heights High School for his senior campaign ... Was also second-team all-city as a sophomore ... Rated as a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and ESPN ... The AAU standout for KC Pump `N Run was rated as the No. 4 overall recruit in the state of Kansas for 2012.
Personal Gavin Christopher Thurman was born 7/6/94 in Wichita, Kan. ... Son of Gary and Cheryl Thurman of Wichita ... Has a brother, Gary, Jr. ... Majoring in Sport & Park Administration ... Plans to pursue a career in sports management ... Biggest sports thrill was winning the state championship as a senior ... Received scholarship offers from Nevada, Wichita State, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado State ... Also recruited by Kansas, Oklahoma, Georgetown, Florida State and Texas A&M.