Big 12 Tournament: #4 seed Baylor falls to #1 seed Kansas, 62-52
Bruising power forward, has played all 75 games (three starts) over first two seasons at Baylor ... Expected to take on larger role after playing first two years behind NBA big men Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin ... Has seven career double-doubles, including all three career games started ... Machine on offensive boards, ranked fourth nationally in 2013-14 with 0.15 offensive rebounds per minute, grabbing 17.9 percent of Baylor's missed shots when on the floor ... Averages one rebound every 2.86 minutes played for career ... Two-time Gatorade Louisiana High School Player of the Year ... Second cousin of late Loyola Marymount All-American basketball player Hank Gathers.
2013-14 (SOPHOMORE) 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.
2012-13 (FRESHMAN) 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.
HIGH SCHOOL 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.
PERSONAL Full name is Ricardo Darnell Gathers ... Nickname is Rico ... Born Jan. 7, 1994, in New Orleans, La. ... Son of Richard Sr. and Janice Gathers ... Father is cousin of late Loyola Marymount All-American basketball player Hank Gathers ... Finance major.