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24   Tony Gaffney
Tony Gaffney

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Berkley, Mass.

High School:
Northfield Mount Hermon

Last College:
Boston University

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 208

Position:
F

Birthdate:
11/14/1984

Experience:
TR


01/24/2009

UMass Falls To La Salle, 62-54

Gaffney tallies 19 points and 11 rebounds, but Minutemen shoot just 26.5% in second half.

12/13/2008

UMass Pulls Off Upset Against #25/23 Kansas, 61-60

The Minutemen defeat a defending national champ for fifth time in six tries.

KELLOGG ON GAFFNEY: "Tony is one kid you wish you could have for twenty years and he brings an unbelievable enthusiasm and energy to the court every day. He's a very, very high energy athlete who plays above the rim. I'm excited to coach him, I'm hoping he plays with unbelievable confidence and can give us some stuff on the offensive end because I know he's going to rebound and defend and take charge and play at a high level. I just want him to be confident and play, and try to take guys on the offensive end and do those kinda things. He's kind of our heart and soul of the team along with Chris Lowe and Luke Bonner and he's the one who's going to bring the intangibles to the program."

AS A REDSHIRT SENIOR IN 2008-09:
• ATLANTIC 10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR, ATLANTIC 10 SECOND-TEAM, ATLANTIC 10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
• Ranks THIRD in blocks (3.8) in the NCAA and 17TH in rebounds (10.2). Led A-10 in blocks, second in rebounds, second in steals.
• Averaged a double-double 11.5 points and 10.2 rebounds in 33.9 minutes per game. 3.8 blocks and 2.03 steals per game.
• Fifth player in NCAA since 1996-97 with 100 blocks and 50 steals in a season (113 and 59). Last: Duke's Shelden Williams in 2005-06.
• Named by ESPN's Fran Fraschilla as the 5th-best rebounder in the nation through the first half of the 2008-09 season.
• Sixth player with 100 blocks in a season in history. Stands third in single-season with 115.
• Also ranks tied for 48TH in NCAA in steals per game (2.0) which was second in the A-10.
• First UMass player to averaged 10 rebounds per game since Mark Haymore (10.0) in 1978-79, highest average since Jim Town in 1976-77.
• First player since ark Haymore to averaged a double-double since Haymore (17.1 ppg and 10.0 rpg) in 1978-79.
• Steals total of 61ranks as fifth-most in a single-season. 307 rebounds ranked as ninth-most in a season in history.
• Had 12 double-doubles this season after none in his career (first 81 games) entering season. 20 games with 10 or more rebounds.
• Seventh in UMass career blocked shots with 174.
• Had three games with 15 or more rebounds this season: 19 at Memphis (11/17), 18 vs. BC (12/6), 15 at Houston (12/30).
• At least seven rebounds in 24 of 30 games this season and double-figure boards in 20 of 30 games including 11 of last 14 games.
• Leads UMass with 49 dunks, all except seven of the team's dunks (Gibbs-3, Gurley, Harris, Lynch have others) on the season.
• Recorded 12th double-double of the season in final college game with 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. Duquesne (3/11) in A-10 First Round.
• Posted 19th game with 10 rebounds at Rhode Island (3/7), also scored six points, but held to just one blocked shot.
• On Senior Night, posted 11th double-double of year with 11 points, 10 rebounds, also had season-best five blocks vs. G. Washington (3/4).
• Had 50th steal as part of 8-point, 10-rebound, 3-block performance vs. Duquesne (2/25) to reach 100 blocks and 50 steals in a season.
• Third double-double in four-game span with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Saint Joseph's (2/22). Also four blocks and four assists.
• Scored 11 points, had six blocks, five rebounds, four steals and three assists vs. Rhode Island (2/18). Swatted 100th shot of season.
• Career-high 21 points, ninth double-double of year with 11 rebounds at St. Bonaventure (2/14). Career-high six slam dunks.
• Posted eighth double-double of year with 19 points and 10 rebounds at Fordham (2/11). Had 12 points, nine reb. in first half.
• Racked up 13 rebounds along with eight points, career-best tying four assists and two blocks against Saint Joseph's (2/8).
• After a foul-trouble first half, posted 12 second-half points along with four rebounds and three blocks vs. Richmond (2/4).
• All-around game in 100th game: nine points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in near upset at #10/10 Xavier (1/31).
• Seventh double-double (first in seven games) with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks vs. La Salle (1/24).
• Grabbed 13 rebounds, most in 2009 with nine points and three assists in career-high tying 43 minutes at Charlotte (1/21).
• Scored 14 points on 7-of-8 from the floor along with five rebounds and three blocks vs. Temple (1/17).
• Swatted five shots, added seven points and five rebounds at Saint Louis (1/14).
• Called by Dayton's (1/10) Brian Gregory "the best non-scorer in the country" after 17 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks.
• Grabbed 16 rebounds. three blocks, three assists, two steals at Houston (12/30).
• Sixth double-double of the year with 11 points, 11 rebounds along with five blocks and three steals in win over IUPUI (12/27).
• Mired in foul trouble played season-low 15 minutes (had played at least 32 minutes in each of first 10 games) and had eight points and four rebounds vs. Hofstra (12/20).
• Grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked six shots going up against one of the nation's top bigmen at #25/23 Kansas (12/13).
• Nearly posted a triple-double for the second game in a row, with 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in win over Holy Cross (12/10).
• Named CollegeChalkTalk.com Atlantic 10 Player of the Week on Dec. 8 after Toledo and Boston College games.
• Racked up 15 points, 18 rebounds and career-high nine blocks along with three steals vs. Boston College (12/6). Blocks ranked tied for fifth-most in a game in UMass history, making him just one shy of the seventh triple-double in UMass history. Became first player in UMass history with a statline including 15 points, 18 rebounds, nine blocks.
• Scored 11 points including two big free throws with 8 seconds left in game, also grabbed eight rebounds at Toledo (12/3).
• Corraled 12 rebounds along with five points and three blocks at Green Bay (11/29).
• Third double-double of year- 20 points and 13 rebounds along with career-high eight blocks vs. Jacksonville State (11/24).
• Called the best player on the court by Memphis Coach John Calipari after career game with 16 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks at #13 Memphis (11/17).
• All out hustle with career-high seven blocks, six points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes at Southern Illinois (11/12).
• Posted first-career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds in season opener vs. Arkansas-Monticello (11/11).

AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2007-08: Played in 35 total games and first 33 games with eight starts, including six games in a row (Jan. 16-Feb.2)...Missed Syracuse (3/25) NIT Quarterfinal with knee injury suffered against Akron (3/22) in NIT Second Round... Averaged 3.2 points, fourth on team with 4.8 rebounds in 20.0 minutes...Second on team in blocked shots with 59 and third with 39 steals...Fourth in the A-10 in blocks per game (1.7)...Returned to play in the NIT Semifinals and Final at Madison Square Garden vs. Florida (4/1) and Ohio State (4/3) ... Made both shots for four points, grabbed six rebounds in win over Akron (3/22) in NIT Second Round ... Eight rebounds and three blocked shots in playing great defense on GW's leading scorer Rob Diggs in win at George Washington (3/8)... Held Diggs to just seven points, half his average of 14 ppg...Third game with 10 or more rebounds with 10 vs. La Salle (3/5)...Also added five blocked shots in 20 minutes...Most points in two months with eight at Rhode Island (2/21), making all three field goal attempts...In 31 minutes off bench (tying UMass high) hit second 3FG of year (first since 12/15) had four points, five rebounds at Temple (2/10) ... First two career double-figure rebound games in two games (Jan. 30-Feb. 2) with 11.0 rebounds per game...10 rebounds at Saint Louis (2/2)...Had two blocked shots...Career-game at Duquesne (1/30), with new highs of 12 rebounds (10 defensive) and six blocks...scored seven points...In second consecutive start had eight rebounds and five blocked shots vs. Charlotte (1/19)...Returned to starting line-up at #14/18 Dayton (1/16) ... Despite not scoring had seven rebounds and blocked three shots...Great hustle with six rebounds and three steals at #15/15 Vanderbilt (1/5)...Played against team he began his college career with in Boston University (12/29) had three points and two rebounds...Nine points, seven rebounds, three blocks in 22 minutes in win over Central Connecticut (12/22)...Five points and five rebounds including first 3-pointer of the year in win over Toledo (12/15)...Boston native had impact in win at Boston College (12/12) with four points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals...career-high five blocks vs. Marist (12/8), all in the second half. Scored four points and had four rebounds...Made all six field goals over the two games (Nov. 11-28)...two field goals and grabbed five rebounds in huge win at Syracuse (11/28) ... Scored career-high 15 points in win over Wis.-Green Bay (11/17), made all four field goals and adding 7-of-9 from the foul line, also new career-highs...career-best four shots along with four rebounds and two assists...Played 50th college game on his 23rd birthday vs. Yale (11/14), scored two points, had three rebounds...In 23 minutes, scored three points and added four rebounds before fouling out at Northern Iowa (11/11)...First-career start vs. Northern Illinois (11/10), scoring eight points, six rebounds and career-high six steals, tied for fifth-most in a game in UMass history ... Showed his energy with career-high tying eight rebounds off the bench in opener vs. Cal Poly (11/9).

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-07: Redshirt season as a transfer from Boston University.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-06 (AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY): Played in 17 games with the Terriers ... scored 4.5 points per game ... shot 44.6 from the floor (33-for-74) including 30 percent from the 3-point arc ... grabbed 3.2 rebounds per game.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2004-05 (AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY): Saw action in all 29 games off the bench... averaged almost 16 minutes per game and 3.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg... in America East play, averaged 3.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg... had a breakout game vs. Maine (2/24) when he established career-highs with 12 points (5-7 FG), 3 steals and 2 blocks... added 4 rebounds vs. Black Bears in a personal-best 25 minutes... career-high 7 rebounds vs. Hartford (1/6) to go along with 4 points... career-high 4 assists at Boston College (12/11)... solid 5-6 from the line en route to 7 points, 4 boards, 3 blocks and 2 steals vs. Stony Brook (2/16)... 7 points, 6 boards and 2 assists at Harvard (12/7)... last 4 games of regular season averaged 7.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg on 11-18 (61.1%) shooting... hit a three-pointer in his first collegiate action vs. Holy Cross (11/20)... ended up with 3 points and 1 rebound in 11 minutes vs. Crusaders... 6 rebounds in just 10 minutes in 3rd career game at Youngstown State (11/27)... America East Tournament... 5 points and 3 rebounds off the bench in opening-round loss to Maine... went 2-3 from the field and added a steal, as he was BU's most-effective reserve.

BEFORE COLLEGE: Played a prep season at Northfield Mount Hermon, where he started all 26 games, averaging 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 assists per contest... played high school ball at Somerset HS... helped turn a 2-20 Somerset team his junior year into a 21-4 Massachusetts Division 2 South Sectional Champion the next year... the team advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament... averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds, 11 blocks and 7 assists per game during his senior season... was named Eastern Athletic Conference MVP as well as All-League... also earned BostonPreps.com Massachusetts Player of the Year honor... earned a spot on the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Teams his junior and senior seasons... named First Team All-State by Boston Prep Basketball... averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks per game as a junior, earning All-League accolades... set Somerset High School's all-time freshman scoring record... it was broken two years later by his brother, Bud... earned the 2003 Dave Cowens Award as southeast Massachusetts' top senior student-athlete.

PERSONAL: Anthony Joseph Gaffney ... Born on November 14, 1984, in Boston, Mass... Son of Jennifer and Tony Gaffney... Majoring in Sociology.

GAFFNEY'S CAREER STATISTICS
Year		GP	GS	Min	Avg	FG	FGA	Pct	3FG	FGA	Pct	FT	FTA	Pct	Off	Def	Tot	Avg	PF	FO	Ast	TO	Blk	Stl	Pts	Avg
2004-05BU	29	0	452	15.6	32	97	.330	4	26	.154	21	38	.553	24	59	83	2.9	31	0	29	25	22	16	89	3.1
2005-06BU	17	0	289	17.0	33	74	.446	1	9	.111	10	20	.500	17	38	55	3.2	25	0	13	18	8	17	77	4.5
2007-08		35	8	701	20.0	42	91	.462	2	14	.143	27	50	.540	55	114	169	4.8	83	5	22	32	59	39	113	3.2
2008-09		30	30	1018	33.9	135	249	.542	11	33	.333	64	99	.646	95	212	307	10.2	61	1	51	48	115	61	345	11.5
TOTAL		111	38	2476	22.3	242	512	.473	18	81	.222	123	205	.600	191	429	614	5.5	199	6	114	123	204	133	626	5.6
UMASS TOTAL	65	38	1719	26.4	177	340	.521	13	47	.277	91	149	.611	150	326	476	7.3	144	6	73	80	174	100	458	7.0

GAFFNEY'S Career Highs
Category	#	Opponent, Date
Points		21	at St. Bonaventure, 2/14/09
Field Goals	9	at Stony Brook, 1/19/06
Field Goals Att.15	Jacksonville State, 1/24/08
		15	La Salle, 1/24/09
3-Point FG	2	at Fordham, 2/11/09
3-Point FGA 	3	at Fordham, 2/11/09
		3	Rhode Island, 2/18/09
		3	at Saint Joseph's, 2/22/09
Free Throws	7	Wis.-Green Bay, 11/17/07
Free Throw Att.	9	Wis.-Green Bay, 11/17/07
Rebounds	19	at Memphis, 11/17/08
Def. Rebounds	13	at Memphis, 11/17/08
Assists		4	at Boston College. 12/11/04
		4	Saint Joseph's, 2/8/09
		4	at Saint Joseph's, 2/22/09
Blocks		9	Boston College, 12/6/08
Steals		6	vs. Northern Illinois, 11/10/07
Minutes		43	Boston College, 12/6/08
		43	at Charlotte, 1/21/09

Gaffney's Miscellaneous Statistics Catergory 08-09 Car. Last Time... Double-Figure Scoring 16 20 vs. Duquesne, 3/11/09 20-plus points 2 3 at St. Bona, 2/14/09 15-plus rebounds 3 3 at Houston, 12/30/08 10-plus rebounds 20 22 vs. Duquesne, 3/11/09 5-plus rebounds 27 56 vs. Duquesne, 3/11/09 5-plus blocks 11 15 Rhode Island, 2/18/09 Double-Double 12 12 vs. Duquesne, 3/11/09

Career Honors
2008-09 ATLANTIC 10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR 2008-09 ATLANTIC 10 SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 2008-09 ATLANTIC 10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM CollegeChalk Talk.com Atlantic 10 Player of the Week (December 7, 2008)

A FEW MINUTES WITH TONY
Full name: Anthony Joseph Gaffney
Nickname: T-Gaff
Major: Sociology
Favorite Musical Artist: Rascal Flatts, Kanye West
Best Concert I Ever Attended: Rascal Flatts
Favorite Sports Movie: Remember the Titans
Best Sporting Event Ever Attended: 2004 World Series
Favorite TV Show: Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls
Favorite Web Site: espn.com
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Sean McDonough
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Boston Red Sox
Pro Sports Team I Would Like to Play For: Boston Celtics
Best Player I Ever Faced: Dwight Howard
Favorite Athletes: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Tom Brady
Childhood Idol: Daddy
Hobbies: Baseball, Poker
Team I'd Like to See Added to the Schedule: North Carolina
Best Player I Ever Played With: Stephane Lasme
Toughest Place I Ever Played: Cameron Indoor
Most Famous Person Ever Met: David Ortiz
Magazine Cover I'd Like to Be On: GQ
My Biggest Fear: Torture
Person I'd Like to Have Dinner With: Barack Obama
My Most Prized Possession: My family
Place I'd Like to Visit: Italy
Best Moment at UMass: 2007 season with my teammates
My First Memory of Basketball: My sister carrying my 5th grade team past the defending champs
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: I was 23 at BU and needed a change
My Most Memorable Moment in College Athletics: 21st Birthday playing Duke on ESPN
If I Didn't Play College Basketball I Would Play: College Baseball
Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Life: My dad hands down
Pre-Game Rituals: Solitaire, nap
Best Advice From a Coach: "You never know who's in the gym and watching"
Most People Don't Know This But: I love to cook
One Thing I Wish I Were Better At: Admitting when I'm wrong
My Best Non-Athletic Talent: Poker
If I Had $1 Billion Dollars I Would: Give $999,000,000 to my family, give $1,000,000 to Mathew Vogel
The Person I Would Choose to be Stranded on a Deserted Island With: Reese Witherspoon

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