|High School:||Australia Institute of Sports|
In 2006-07, sophomore forward Tom Garlepp is expected to earn playing time at both the four and five spots. In 2005-06, he played almost exclusively at the four spot. Garlepp has the potential to knock-down three-point shots, but he is an even more effective mid-range shooter.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oye, Oye, Oye!
In his first season at UCSB, Garlepp, an Australian, didn't waste any time becoming a favorite of the student-section. He also didn't waste any time setting season-highs in points and rebounds. In the Gauchos' season-opening win over San Francisco, Garlepp playing a season-high 22 minutes partly because of the absence of an injured Glenn Turner, scored 16 points and pulled-down seven rebounds. He made 5-of-7 shots overall and 2-of-2 from beyond the three-point arc. Garlepp also hit 4-of-5 free throws. By the end of the game, every time he would make a shot or grab a rebound, the crowd would chant in unison 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oye, oye, oye'.
Not only did Garlepp have a great first game as a Gaucho, he had a good start to the season. Through four games he was averaging 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. In those first four he made 9-of-14 shots overall, 64.3%, and 4-of-7 from three-point range, 57.1%. In fact, in the first four games he scored 31 of the 59 points that he finished the season with. Finally, in the first three games of the season, Garlepp made seven of eight shots overall, 87.5%, and all four of his three-point attempts, 100.0%.
Garlepp certainly made an impact at the beginning of last season, but as the year wore on, he seemed to wear down. In his final 13 games, Garlepp scored a total of five points and he was scoreless 11 times. In those 13 games, he played 83 minutes. Garlepp's lack of scoring as the season came to an end was no accident. It is a scientific fact that a basketball player can't score if he doesn't shoot the ball and in his final 13 games, Garlepp attempted just eight field goals and one free throw.
Clutch Performance While he had his offensive struggles in 2005-06, Garlepp did come up big in a big game. As they entered their Big West home-opener against Long Beach State, the Gauchos had an 0-2 record in league play. Not only were they 0-2, but they went into the game against the 49ers without the services of their leading scorer, Cecil Brown. Garlepp, who had scored 12 points in the previous eight games combined, scored 11 points and had six rebounds in just 12 minutes of play, helping UCSB to a 77-74 win.
Tom Garlepp is a versatile frontcourt player who will play at both the four and the five spots...Garlepp is a good offensive player who can shoot from beyond the three-point line...He also has the ability to become a good rebounder.
Garlepp got off to a quick start as a freshman, posting season-highs of 16 points and seven rebounds in the season-opener against San Francisco...He had just one other double-figure scoring game in 2005-06 as he went for 11 points in a win over Long Beach State...Averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game...Garlepp scored 31 of his 59 points in the first four games of the season...After his 11 point showing against Long Beach State, he scored just five more points the rest of the season, a span of 13 appearances and 83 minutes...Garlepp had five or more rebounds five times...He had six rebounds in UCSB's Big West Tournament first round win over UC Riverside...Had a season-high three assists in a win over Portland...Blocked a high of two shots in a win over UC Davis...Garlepp made 41.5% of his field goal attempts on the season, but after making 9-of-14, 64.3%, in the first four games of the season, he hit just 8-of-27, 29.6%...Also, after making his first four three-point attempts, he was just 3-for-22 the rest of the season, 13.6%.
Garlepp prepped at Aquinas College in Salter Point, Western Australia...He graduated from Aquinas in 2003...As a senior, he averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and five blocked shots per game...Shot 45.0% from the field, 30.0% from three-point range and 60.0% from the free throw line...Led Aquinas to the State High School Championships and to a bronze medal at the national championships...Following graduation from Aquinas, Garlepp was invited to play for the Australian Institute of Sport's team in the South East Australian Basketball League...Led AIS in blocked shots with 39...Set an AIS record with 10 blocked shots in one game...He averaged 12.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in the Australian Under-20 Championships...He was a member of the Australian Junior National Team at the Albert Schweitzer Games in Germany...In 2005, Garlepp played for the Perry Lakes Hawks in the West Australian State Basketball League...Averaged 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game...Made 36.1% of his three-point attempts...Scored a high of 26 points against the Kalgoorlie Giants...Had 15 rebounds in a game against the Cockburn Cougars.
Thomas Garlepp was born April 20, 1986 in Calgary, Alberta, but grew up in Perth, Australia...The son of Michael and Robyn Garlepp...Also competed in Australian Rules Football...His favorite novel is Loose Balls, the story of the old American Basketball Association...Michael Vick, Amare Stoudemire and Chris Judd are among his favorite athletes...Roots for the Minnesota Vikings and the Carlton Blues...Plans to major in business economics.
YearG/GSFG/FGAFG%FG/FGAFG%FT/FTAFT%PTSAVGORDRTRAVGPF/DASTTOBLKSTLMIN 2005-0626/017/41.4157/26.26918/22.818592.31242542.131/0101676241 Totals26/017/41.4157/26.26918/22.818592.31242542.131/0101676241