Gavin Thurman showed star potential at times during his freshman season, and the Bears will look for consistency and continued improvement from the sizeable threat as he continues to evolve in 2013-14.
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 fourth on the 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) ... Was 2-for-2 at the line and snagged 3 rebounds in a reserve effort in MVC Tournament win over Southern Illinois (3/7/13) ... 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 per game with 7 assists and 4 steals in the four games ... Scored in double figures twice on the foreign tour, was second on the club in field goals and posted 5.0 boards per outing.
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 ... Was second-team all-city ... In the 2012 Kansas state tourney, Thurman averaged 13.0 points in five substate and state tournament games ... Team defeated Blue Valley North, 73-61, at Koch Arena in Wichita, in the state finals ... Was prep teammates with Kansas recruit 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), notched 18 points and 12 rebounds in win over Wichita West (2/7/12), posted 19 points and 7 boards in win over Wichita Northwest (2/10/12), tallied 15 points in win over Bishop Carroll (2/14/12), Had a 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 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 3-star recruit by both Rivals.com and ESPN ... The AAU standout for KC Pump 'N Run was rated as the No. 4 recruit in the state of Kansas and received scholarship offers from Nevada, Wichita State, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado State ... Also recruited by Kansas, Oklahoma, Georgetown, Florida State and Texas A&M ... signed a National Letter of Intent to play at MSU during the early signing period on Nov. 9, 2011 ... Primary MSU recruiter was head coach Paul Lusk.
Personal: Gavin ChristopherThurman was born 7/6/94 in Wichita, Kan. ... Son of Gary and Cheryl Thurman of Wichita ... Has a brother, Gary, Jr. ... Undecided on academic major ... Plans to pursue a career in sports management ... Biggest sports thrill was winning the state championship as a senior.