Gavin Thurman
Gavin Thurman


Wichita, Kan.

High School:
Heights High

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 222




Bears Hanging Tough, but Trailing at the Intermission Against Shockers

The Bears controlled the first 13 minutes of the MVC quarterfinals before an 8-1 WSU ended the half


Bears Set for Friday Quarterfinal Clash With Wichita State

After a gritty win over Southern Illinois on Thursday night, Missouri State advances to play Shockers tonight


Missouri State Opens 2013 Valley Tournament Thursday Against Salukis

7th-Seeded Bears Tangle With Southern Illinois at 8:35 p.m. at Scottrade


Bears Top Bradley on Senior Night, 64-56, Secure No. 7 Seed for Arch Madness

Missouri State gets 15 points from lone senior Anthony Downing to turn back visiting Braves


Bears Set for Senior Night Battle with Bradley Saturday

Missouri State closes out the regular season with much at stake in home finale against the Braves


Players Postgame Press Conference - Bears vs. Southern Illinois

Players Postgame Press Conference - Bears vs. Southern Illinois


Players Postgame Press Conference - Bears vs. Missouri Southern

Players Postgame Press Conference - Bears vs. Missouri Southern


Bears vs. Wichita State Postgame Press Conference - Players

Bears vs. Wichita State Postgame Press Conference - Players


Bears vs. Creighton Postgame Press Conference - Players

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.

 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.

 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 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.

 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.

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