|50 Richie Gordon
Career Notes: Finished with 933 career points, averaging 7.4 per game ... Pulled down 560 career rebounds with an average of 4.4 per game ... With 120 career blocked shots, ranked second in school history at the time of his graduation ... Will go down in the WCU records as one of the top defensive posts in school history ... Fouled out of 35 of his 126 career games.
2010-11 (Senior): Started all 33 games, the only player to do so on the year ... Received the team's "Captain's Award" and was the top rebounder and top defender ... Recorded the best season of his collegiate career, averaging 10.2 points and a team-leading 5.7 rebounds per game ... Named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year - the second-straight season a Catamount has garnered that honor ... Helped anchor the Catamount defense in 2010-11, averaging 1.3 blocked shots per game and 1.5 steals per contest, good for seventh place in the SoCon ... He also pulled down 109 defensive rebounds, averaging 5.7 total boards per game ... With 42 blocked shots on the year, Gordon ranked seventh in the school's single-season record books ... Tallied all four of his career double-double performance as a senior, posting the first with a career-high tying 23 points and 10 rebounds in a home win over Warren Wilson (11/22) ... Pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds in a double-double effort in his final home game in the Ramsey Center on senior night against the College of Charleston (2/26), helping the Catamounts clinch a share of the SoCon North Division crown.
2009-10 (Junior): Played in all 34 games making 33 appearances in the starting lineup, missing the start on the road at Elon in early February ... Was given the "Mr. Hustle Spirit Award" by the staff for his hard-work on the court ... Finished with 290 points on the year, an average of 8.5 points per game to rank fifth on the team ... Was tied for the team-lead in rebounding, averaging 4.6 boards per contest ... Shot 56.2-percent from the field to rank fifth in the Southern Conference in overall field goal percentage ... Ranked ninth in the conference in blocked shots, swatting 37 for an average 1.1 per game, while his 1.9 offensive rebounds per game average ranked 10th in the SoCon ... Was whistled for 128 fouls on the season, fouling out a team-high 12 times ... Averaged 3.76 fouls per game ... Blocked a career-high five shots in the home win over Campbell - the most blocked shots in a game for a Catamount since 2004-05 ... Scored 13 points against Louisville including 7-of-8 from the free throw line ... Led the team with a seasonal-high 19 points against South Division leader, College of Charleston, in a home win ... Finished the season by scoring in double figures in three-straight to close the schedule, and in five of the final six games -- averaged 11.8 points per game over the final eight games.
2008-09 (Sophomore): Played in 30 of the 31 games on the season, missing one due to an ankle injury suffered in the second half against San Diego State at the Great Alaska Shootout ... Made 20 starts on the year including the final 14-straight games of the season ... Had a strong second half of the season, averaging 10.7 points per game over the final 10 including a career-high 23 in a home win over Samford and 22 in a victory over the College of Charleston ... Ranked fifth on the team with a career-best 6.7 points per game average ... Blocked 23 shots for a 0.8 blocks per game average which ranked 11th in the Southern Conference ... Scored four-straight points against the defending National Defensive Player of the Year, UConn's Hasheem Thabeet, as part of an early second-half rally that allowed the Catamounts to close to within 10 points of No. 2 UConn ... Posted his first double-digit scoring outing of the season with 10 against Toccoa Falls ... Of his season-high seven rebounds against Toccoa Falls, he posted a career-high five on the offensive end ... Battling foul trouble, came off the bench to score eight points and pull down a team-best seven rebounds in just six minutes of court time at Kent State ... Scored seven points off the bench, including a 2-for-2 showing from the floor and three free throws, against Gardner-Webb ... Scored 15 of his then career-high 22 points in the second half to lead Western past CofC ... Tied his career-high with seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end ... Posted his first back-to-back, double-digit scoring effort with 12 points in the home loss to The Citadel ... Just missed double digits with eight against Appalachian State at home, adding a career-best four steals ... Scored 10 points in the road win at UNC Greensboro ... Posted a career-high 23 points and nine rebounds on a career-best 35 minutes in the home win over Samford.
2007-08 (Freshman): Appeared in 29 games, making 11-consecutive starts to end the season ... Averaged 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while his 0.62 blocked shots per game average ranked 15th in the Southern Conference ... Scored his first collegiate points on his second career field goal attempt, a lay-up at 16:46 of the second half in the season opener against Bowling Green in tournament action in Cincinnati ... Drew the challenge of guarding the Bulldogs' 7-foot, 7-inch center Kenny George for most of the game against UNC Asheville ... Scored five points in his SoCon debut at Elon ... Swiped a career-best two steals while playing a career-high 21 minutes against the College of Charleston ... Set or tied seven career highs in the victory of N.C. Central, including setting new standards in offensive (4) and total (6) rebounds, and assists (3) ... Suffered a fractured orbital bone (sinus) during practice and did not play versus Furman or at Chattanooga ... Returned to the court against Davidson sporting a face mask, playing eight minutes off the bench with a pair of rebounds and a blocked shot ... Made his first career start against Appalachian State at home, playing a then career-high 26 minutes, tying his SoCon career-best five points while grabbing a SoCon-high five boards and a career-best three steals ... In just his second career start, helped WCU defeat Chattanooga by scoring a then career-high nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, also blocking a career-best four shots in 30 minutes, the highest total of his career ... Scored a career-high 11 points - including eight in the first half - on 5-of-9 shooting in the home win over Wofford ... Dished out a career-best five assists at Appalachian State ... Tied his career-high with 11 points on a perfect shooting night from the floor - 5-for-5 - against UNC Greensboro and the SoCon's all-time leader in blocked shots, senior Kyle Hines.
Prior to Western: Was a successful two-sport athlete in high school playing both on the hardwood and as a tight end in football ... Also received NCAA Division I scholarship offers in football ... Averaged 12.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game last season for Lakeside HS, which finished the year 15-11 and advanced to the Georgia state 4-A regional quarterfinals. ... Was described as a "great defensive player and rebounder who will "make athletic plays" by his Inner Strength AAU coach, Buck Jenkins.
Personal: Son of Richard and Sandra Gordon ... Has two siblings, sister Jaclyn and brother Daniel.