• Self-made point guard who has played an extraordinary number of minutes in three years as a Bulldog.
• By far, the team’s most indispensible player, and has been since his freshman season.
2006-07 (Jr. Season)
• Led the SEC and ranked 31st among all NCAA Division I players in steals per game (2.2/game). Over the SEC schedule, he ranked sixth in assists per game (4.73/game), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.84) and 16th in rebounds per game (5.8).
• Led Georgia in minutes, starts, rebounds, assists and steals.
• Slowly recovered from a right ankle sprain suffered early in Jacksonville game Dec. 19. Injury came three days after perhaps his best game as a collegian (vs. Gonzaga).
• Named SEC Player of the Week for his superlative effort in Georgia’s win over Gonzaga on Dec. 16.
• Flirted with a triple-double several times this season, lastly on Feb. 17 vs. Auburn (21-9-9).
• Had a career-high five 3-pointers in Georgia’s game at Alabama.
• His 10 assists vs. Southern were a career high and the first double-digit assist game by a Georgia player in five years.
• Named the team’s MVP by the coaching staff after the season, and deservedly so.
• Picked up where he finished the 2005 season: as a solid and dependable floor leader for the Bulldogs.
Scoring and minutes decreased last year, but not through any doings of
his own. Georgia simply had talented relief at his position in 2006.
Still led the Bulldogs in rebounds (5.0), minutes (28.4 mpg), assists
(101) and steals (60). Became the first UGA player since Rashad Wright
(2003) to tally 100 assists.
• Season-best effort likely came in Georgia’s victory over Georgia Tech: 16 pts., 6 rebs., 5 assists and 2 steals.
Was also superb, however, in the win at Vanderbilt. Flirted with a
triple-double, made the game-winning tip-in, and sank a buzzer-beating
trey at halftime.
• Ranked third among all SEC players in steals at 2.0 per game.
• Had one of the most productive freshman seasons in the history of Georgia basketball.
• Performed admirably at the point guard position, considering his lack of experience there as a high schooler.
Ranked fourth among all freshmen in the SEC in scoring, 5th in
rebounding, 2nd in steals and 3rd in assists. Also ranked third among
ALL conference players in steals.
• Had more steals (66) than did SEC Defensive Player of the Year Rashad Wright in 2004.
• Got his two highest scoring totals in Georgia’s games vs. Tennessee, shooting 67 percent FGs with 8 assists.
• His 17 points against Western Ky. were the most by a Georgia freshman in his first game since Dominique Wilkins in 1979.
Staved off defeat by making a tying jumper with :00 left against Oregon
State, a game which Georgia won in the overtime period.
• Led the
team in FTAs and FTMs. Had struggled at the line all season until
showing vast improvement in the last two weeks of the regular season
• Started every game this season before serving a 1-game suspension Feb. 26 at Vanderbilt.
High School (Arch. Molloy)
• Named MVP of the Catholic High School Athletic Association and led his team to the CHSAA title
• Averaged 28.2 points as a senior and finished his career as the No. 3 scorer in Stanners’ history.
• Archbishop Molloy has produced such greats as Kenny Anderson, Kenny Smith and 1972 Olympic Kevin Joyce.
• First-team All-Queens team pick the past two years by both Newsday and the N.Y. Daily News.
• Scored 147 points in four games during a holiday tournament last year in Bristol, Tenn.
• Played AAU ball for the highly successful Gauchos team, which won several national tournaments in the past two years.
Full Name: Sundiata K. Gaines
Birthdate/Birthplace: April 18, 1986 in Jamaica, N.Y.
Category No. Opp./(Date)
Minutes..........41..........Oregon State (12/11/04)