Honors 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Third Team (Athlon) 2013 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 (league coaches) Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (12/12/2011) Fall 2011 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll Spring 2013 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll Spring 2014 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll
Career Ranks 35th on the school's all-time scoring chart with 872 points... Needs 138 points to become 26th player to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier. One of 26 players with at least 500 career rebounds and needs just 87 to crack the career Top 10... Ranks fifth for career offensive rebounds (215) and 10th in career defensive rebounds (317). His career 52.8 percent field goal percentage is just outside the Top 10 in school history and the highest since Michael Beasley shot 53.2 percent in 2007-08.
As A Junior (2013-14) Saw action in 31 games, including 28 starts... Played 30 or more minutes in 13 contests, including a season-best 34 in back-to-back games against George Washington (12/31/13) and Oklahoma State (1/4/14)... Prior to 2013-14, he had only posted two 30+ minute games. Averaged 11.7 points on 56.2 percent shooting (140-of-249) with 6.5 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game... Connected on 70.0 percent (84-of-120) from the free throw line. Gipson's 56.2 field goal percentage was the highest by a Wildcat in a single season since Curtis Kelly connected on 56.5 percent in 2009-10 and is the second-highest in the past 15 seasons. Led the team in seven categories, including field goal percentage, rebounding, free throws (84), double-doubles (4), double-digit rebounding games (5), dunks (20) and charges drawn (16)... Ranked second in scoring, field goals (140) and double-digit scoring games (22). Ranked among the Big 12's Top 20 in three categories, including 10th in offensive rebounds (2.3), 12th in rebounding and 20th in scoring... One of 10 Big 12 players to rank in the Top 20 in both scoring and rebounding and joins Texas' Jonathan Holmes as the only ones to return in 2014-15. Scored in double figures 22 times, including on 15 occasions in Big 12 play... Scored in double figures in nine consecutive games game to end the season, which is the longest streak in his career... Led the team in scoring nine times, including on five occasions in Big 12 play... Posted consecutive 20-point games vs. West Virginia (1/18/14) and Texas (1/21/14), including a career-best 24-point effort vs. the Longhorns. Recorded a team-high four double-doubles, including three in Big 12 play... His first of the year came in a win over Long Beach State (11/24/13) with 18 points and 10 rebounds... Helped the team upset No. 6 Oklahoma State (1/4/14) with 10 points and 11 rebounds... Also tallied double-doubles vs. TCU (16 points, 11 rebounds; 2/19/14) and at Oklahoma State (10 points, 13 rebounds; 3/3/14). Led the team in rebounding on a team-best 16 occasions, including nine times in Big 12 play... Tallied five double-digit rebounding efforts, including a career-best 13 boards at Oklahoma State (3/3/14)... Also registered double-digit totals vs. Long Beach State (10, 11/24/13), Oklahoma State (11, 1/4/14), Texas (11, 2/8/14), TCU (11, 2/19/14) and at Oklahoma State (13, 3/3/14). Started all 18 Big 12 games... Averaged 11.9 points on 53.6 percent shooting (82-of-153) in Big 12 play with 6.9 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game... Connected on 71.8 percent (51-of-71) from the free throw line in league-only games... Led the team in field goal percentage, free throws, free throws attempted, rebounding and defensive rebounds (87) in league-only contests, while was second in field goals and minutes. Ranked among the Big 12's Top 15 in three categories in league play, including ninth in rebounding, 11th in defensive rebounds (4.8) and 15th in offensive rebounds (2.1).
Summer 2013 Traveled to Vilnius and Klaipeda, Lithuania with Athletes in Action from August 6-19. Averaged 11.4 points on 49 percent shooting (24-of-49) with 7.2 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game during AIA's five-game tour. Scored in double figures in three games, including a tour-high 19 points in a 103-92 win over Siauliai on August 17. Registered double-digit rebounds in back-to-back games vs. Zalgiris on August 13 and Neptunas on August 15.
As A Sophomore (2012-13) Saw action in all 35 games, including 14 starts... One of two players (Rodney McGruder) to see action in all 35 contests... Registered double-digit minutes in 34 of 35 games, including 20 or more minutes 15 times, with a season-high 31 minutes played at George Washington (12/8/12). Averaged 7.9 points on 51.7 percent shooting (106-of-205) with 5.0 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game... Ranked among the team's Top 5 in a number of categories, including first in field goal percentage and offensive rebounds, second in total rebounds and rebounds per game and third in double-figure scoring (14), field goals, free throws made and attempted and defensive rebounds. Scored in double figures 14 times, including eight times in Big 12 play... Tallied double figures in three consecutive games vs. West Virginia (2/18/13), Texas (2/23/13) and Texas Tech (2/25/13)... Led the team in scoring four times, including a season-best 20 points vs. Texas Tech (2/25/13) on 7-of-9 field goals... Also led the way with 17 points vs. Texas (1/30/13) on 7-of-10 field goals... Posted 15 points at No. 13/14 Oklahoma State (3/9/13) on 7-of-10 field goals. Collected a double-double vs. Texas Southern (12/18/12) with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Grabbed double-digit rebounds in a road win at George Washington (12/8/12) with a season-tying 12... Led the squad in rebounding nine times, including on five occasions in Big 12 play. Saw action in all 18 Big 12 games, including seven starts... Averaged 8.7 points on 58.2 percent shooting (64-of-110) with 4.2 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game... Placed among the team's Top 5 in several conference-only statistics, including first in field goal percentage and offensive rebounds and third in field goals, rebounds, rebounds per game and fourth in scoring.
As A Freshman (2011-12) Saw action in all 33 games with 22 starts as a true freshman... One of just three players (along with Rodney McGruder and Will Spradling) to play in all 33 games... Led all freshmen in games played and started... Earned starts in the first 13 games... Registered double-digit minutes in 27 games, including 20 or more 13 games... Played a season-high 37 minutes in the overtime win over North Florida (12/11/11). Named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Dec. 12, 2011 after averaging 19 points on 53.8 percent shooting (14-of-26) in helping the Wildcats split two overtime games with West Virginia (12/8/11) and North Florida (12/11/11) with 11.0 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game... First K-State true freshman to earn the weekly honor since Michael Beasley won the award for the eighth and final time on March 3, 2008. Averaged 7.0 points on 49.1 percent shooting (86-of-175) with 4.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 17.5 minutes per game... Ranked among the Top 5 in six categories, including fourth in offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, overall rebounds, rebounds per game and blocks and fifth in field goals. Scored in 27 games, including eight double-digit efforts... Scored a season-best 23 points vs. North Florida (12/11/11)... Had double-digit points in five of his first seven games... Helped the Wildcats sweep Missouri (2/21/12) and hand the Tigers their lone home loss with 13 points. Collected three double-doubles on the year... Posted his first career double-double just four games into his freshman season with 17 rebounds and 13 rebounds vs. George Washington (12/1/11)... Followed with back-to-back double-doubles with 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. West Virginia (12/8/11) and 23 points and 12 rebounds vs. North Florida (12/11/11). Paced the team in rebounding in three games, all with double-digit totals. Saw action in all 18 Big 12 games, averaging 14.1 minutes per game... Averaged 5.2 points on 56.1 percent shooting (37-of-66) in Big 12 play with 3.2 rebounds per game. Earned the start in the NCAA Tournament game vs. Syracuse (3/17/12) with eight points, eight rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes of action.
High School Rated one of the top power forwards in the country, ranking as the No. 147 in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com... Ranked among the top-35 at his position by a number of outlets, including No. 24 by Rivals.com and No. 32 by ESPN Scouts, Inc. ... Rated as the No. 17 prospect in Texas by TexasHoops.com. A four-year lettermen at Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hills, Texas... Helped the Longhorns to a 33-4 record, including a District 5-5A title with a 12-1 mark, as a senior in 2010-11... The team lost to eventual state champion Flower Mound Marcus, 46-38, in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 5A Regional Final. Named first team Class 5A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) as a senior... Selected to the 2011 TABC All-Star game... Named first team Class 5A and co-MVP of District 7-5A by the TABC as a junior in 2009-10... Selected first team All-Area by the Dallas Morning News and the District 7-5A Sophomore of the Year in 2008-09. Averaged 15 points per game... Scored in double figures in 32 games, including seven 20-point outings... Led the team in scoring 19 times... Averaged 20 points in the playoffs, including a season-best 28 points vs. Colleyville Heritage (3/2/11) in the UIL quarterfinals. Coached by Tim Thomas.
Personal Thomas Allen Gipson III was born Jan. 11, 1993, in Dallas, Texas... Parents are Thomas Gipson, Jr. and Cassundra Gipson... Father, Thomas, played at Texas before transferring to Sam Houston State... Mother is an assistant principal... Has a younger brother, Trevis. Received offers from a number of schools, including Baylor, California, Florida International, Georgia State, Iowa, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulane and West Virginia. Major is family studies and human services.