Senior forward ties school record as three-time honoree
Baylor is nation’s only team with multiple players on list
Taurean Prince led the Bears with 18 points.
Kenny Chery scored 20 points and Rico Gathers added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor
Baylor's 12th-year head coach honored for second time
Al Freeman scored 20 points to lead the Bears past Jackson State
No. 21/22 MBB falls to No.25 Oregon in a closely-fought game.
Baylor defeats Stephen F. Austin 97-55 to open the 2015-16 season.
NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-2nd Round-Baylor vs Georgia State (USATSI)
All-American power forward, has played all 109 games (37 starts) over three seasons at Baylor ... Set school record and ranked third nationally with 394 rebounds in 2014-15 ... Ranks fourth in Baylor history with 847 career boards, 68 back of Brian Skinner's school record ... Tied for seventh in BU history with 24 career double-doubles, 10 back of Brian Skinner's record ... Ranks 10th in school history with 73 wins, 25 back of A.J. Walton's school record ... Ranks second in BU history with eight games of 15-plus rebounds, three back of Jerome Lambert's record ...Recorded program's first-ever 25-25 game with 25 points and school-record 28 rebounds vs. Huston-Tillotson (1/12/15) ... Averages one rebound every 2.73 minutes played for career ... Second cousin of late Loyola Marymount All-American basketball player Hank Gathers..
ALL-AMERICAN, SECOND TEAM (NBCSPORTS.COM) ALL-BIG 12, FIRST TEAM (COACHES, MEDIA) BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM BIG 12 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM USBWA ALL-DISTRICT VII KARL MALONE AWARD FINALIST ALL-GLUE TEAM CAPTAIN (SI.COM) NAISMITH AWARD MIDSEASON 30 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (JAN. 26 & FEB. 9)
Earned second-team All-America, first-team All-Big 12 and All-District and Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors after starting all 34 games, averaging 11.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 steals in 29.9 minutes per game ... Only power-five conference player to average 11-plus points and 11-plus rebounds per game ... Ranked second nationally with 4.82 offensive rebounds per game, fourth with 11.6 rebounds per game and 11th with 17 double-doubles ... Led Big 12 Conference and set Baylor single-season record with 394 rebounds, 106 more than any other player ... Also led Big 12 in rebounds per game (11.6), offensive rebounds per game (4.8), defensive rebounds per game (6.8) and double-doubles (17) ... Ranked 13th in league in points per game (11.6), 15th in steals per game (1.2) and 13th in blocks per game (1.0) ... Finished with third-most double-doubles (17) in a season at Baylor, two shy of school record ... Posted double-digit points in 21 of 34 games and double-digit rebounds in 25 games ... Recorded then-career-high 15 rebounds and added 11 points vs. Illinois (11/28) ... Set career high with four blocks, added then-career-high 23 points and posted 13 boards in next game vs. Texas Southern (12/1) ... Recorded career-best seven steals, one shy of school record, against New Mexico State (12/17) ... Established another then-career high with 18 rebounds while posting 17 points in overtime win at TCU (1/10) ... Picked up first Big 12 Player of the Week honor after setting current career highs with 25 points and 28 rebounds against Huston-Tillotson (1/21), most rebounds in a game by a DI player since Louisiana Tech's Paul Millsap in 2006 ... Had four consecutive games with 15-plus rebounds -- 15 vs. Texas (1/31), 17 vs. TCU (2/4), 17 at West Virginia (2/7), 16 vs. Oklahoma State (2/9) ... Earned second Big 12 Player of the Week honor on Feb. 9 after averaging 15.5 points and 17.0 rebounds in wins vs. TCU and at West Virginia ... Named to Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team after posting 15 points and nine rebounds vs. WVU and 11 points and 13 rebounds vs. Kansas.
Saw action in all 38 games and made one start, averaging 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 17.8 points per game ... Ranked 14th in Big 12 in total rebounding (6.4) and fifth in offensive rebounding (2.7) ... Ranked second on team in rebounding and third in steals (28) ... Grabbed career-high 14 rebounds in Maui Invitational win vs. Chaminade (11/25) ... Had 17 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes off bench vs. Hardin-Simmons (12/1) ... Had six points, 13 rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes off bench to lead Bears to win vs. No. 3 Kentucky (12/6) ... Made only start of season against Northwestern State (12/18), had 19 points and 10 rebounds, including career-high eight offensive boards, in career-high 31 minutes ... Posted second double-double of season with 10 points and 10 boards in 23 minutes off bench vs. Oral Roberts (12/30) ... Had another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in only 19 minutes vs. TCU (1/11) ... Played 30 minutes off bench against West Virginia (1/28), recording eight points and 12 boards ... Recorded fourth double-double of season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 18 minutes at TCU (2/12), marking four double-doubles in four career regular season games against the Horned Frogs ... That game boosted season averages to peaks of 8.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, but reduced minutes down the stretch contributed to lower numbers ... Had 11 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes off bench of NCAA Tournament win vs. Nebraska (3/21) ... Posted six points and nine boards in 16 minutes of win vs. Creighton (3/23) that punched Bears' ticket to Sweet 16.
Played in all 37 games and made two starts, averaging 16.7 minutes per game in debut season at Baylor ... Was used as Bears' first big man off bench ... Averaged 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game ... Ranked third on team and 15th in Big 12 Conference in rebounds per game ... Recorded 211 rebounds, which was second-most among Big 12 freshmen behind teammate Isaiah Austin ... Ranked fifth in Big 12 with 2.4 offensive rebounds per game ... Improved rebounding average to 6.0 per game in Big 12 play, which ranked 10th in league ... Tied for eighth in Big 12 with three double-doubles, including both games started ... Recorded double-figure rebounds in six of nine games in which he played 20+ minutes ... Made first career start in season's second game vs. Jackson State (11/11), posting double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes ... Had six offensive rebounds and made 6-of-8 field goals vs. JSU ... Posted seven points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes of win at Texas Tech (1/8) ... Had season-highs with 13 rebounds and three blocks at Kansas (1/14) ... Made second career start and posted double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds vs. Hardin-Simmons (1/19) ... Had third double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off bench at TCU (1/26) ... Recorded season-high 22 points on 7-of-8 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws in win vs. West Virginia (2/13) ... Had eight points and 12 rebounds -- including season-high seven offensive boards -- in 23 minutes off bench vs. Oklahoma State (3/14) at Big 12 Championship ... Played 27 minutes and had eight points and 10 boards in NIT quarterfinal win vs. Providence (3/27) ... Finished season making 67% (16-of-24) of free throws over final 14 games after shooting 44% (28-of-63) over first 23 games.
Consensus top-50 national recruit and No. 1 recruit in state of Louisiana ... Played for coach Tim Byrd at Riverside Academy in Reserve, La. ... Two-time Gatorade Louisiana High School Player of the Year and two-time Louisiana Sports Writers Association Mr. Louisiana ... Helped Rebels to 33-10 record and Class 2A state championship game by averaging 22.0 points, 17.0 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals as senior in 2011-12 ... Averaged 20.7 points, 16.2 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game as junior in 2010-11 ... Led team to state title and earned Most Outstanding Player honors at state tournament as sophomore in 2009-10, averaging 19.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game ... Ranked nation's No. 34 recruit by Scout.com ... Also ranked No. 36 by ESPN, No. 37 by Rivals.com, No. 41 by 247Sports.com and No. 42 by MaxPreps.com.
Full name is Ricardo Darnell Gathers ... Nickname is Rico ... Born Jan. 7, 1994, in New Orleans, La. ... Married wife, Bria, in summer of 2013, and couple gave birth to son Rico Jr. in summer 2014 ... Son of Richard Sr. and Janice Gathers ... Father is cousin of late Loyola Marymount All-American basketball player Hank Gathers ... HKLS major.