Steve Gansey - 32
Hard-nosed. Tough. Tenacious. Dedicated. All are words that Mike Garland uses to describe Steve Gansey, and all are traits that Gansey showed during his freshman campaign. An off-guard who is capable of taking over games with his outside shooting, Gansey's playing skills fit well with Garland's up-tempo style. The development that he showed in his first season made him one of the top freshman in the Horizon League.
Key member of the rotation, starting four of the 25 games that he played in and averaged 13.2 minutes a game. He missed only the Feb. 23 Loyola contest, sitting out with a sprained ankle.
Ranked 12th in the league, shooting .376 from three-point range (33-90).
Scored 14 points, including 11 in a row in the first half, at Central Michigan (Feb. 19), going four-of-six from three-point.
Made three of his four three-point attempts to score nine points vs. Butler (Jan. 27).
Scored 10 points at Youngstown State (Jan. 22), on 4-for-6 shooting, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:50 left.
Tallied nine points, all in the second half, at UW-Milwaukee (Jan. 20).
Posted 10 points with a career-high nine rebounds vs. Loyola (Jan. 3).
Scored a career-high 17 points, on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point at Akron (Dec. 8).
Fired in 11 points, on 5-for-8 shooting, in exhibition win over Ohio Dominican (Nov. 8).
PRE-CLEVELAND STATE CAREER:
First team all-state choice by the Associated Press as a senior at Olmsted Falls High, playing for coach Pat Donohue.
Averaged 22.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior, helping team to a 22-3 record and the regional finals of the state tourney.
Two-time league player of the year, playing on teams that were 54-2 in league play during his career, winning four conference titles.
McDonald's All-America nominee as a senior.
Twice named to the all-district team, earning district co-player of the year kudos as a senior.
Ranked fifth in school history with 1,311 career points, playing on teams that compiled a 78-15 record.
Tabbed as the MVP of the OHSBCA North-South All-Star game, scoring 20 points to lead the North squad to victory.
Born Oct. 17, 1985 in Parma, Ohio. . . son of Tony and Gale Mazzela and Steve Gansey, Sr.. . . has five older brothers. . . brother Mike is a senior on the men's basketball team at West Virginia. . . undecided on a major.