22 Gerad Punch
22 Gerad Punch
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Brophy Prep
Position: G/F
GENERAL: Physically strong, smart player who will provide quality, experienced ability at the wing guard and small forward slots...may compete for a starting job due to what appears to be impressive team positional versatility...superb athlete and leaper who attacks the glass...likes to dribble penetrate and is an effective rebounder, even against taller opponents...sports a good mid-range shot, with improving ability from 3-point range...key member of a Paladin senior class that has posted an overall mark of 48-38 and SoCon record of 25-22 over the past three seasons -- the best three-year overall and league marks seen at Furman since the early 1990s...has made significant strides in all areas since coming to Furman. AS A JUNIOR (2005-06): Fashioned a good junior campaign, working almost exclusively off the bench as the squad's sixth man...averaged 20.1 minutes, 5.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg...started one contest (vs. Sewanee), scoring nine points and claiming eight rebounds in a 99-69 victory...tallied a career high 13 points (4x4 FS, 5x6 FTs) and claimed six rebounds in 67-59 home win over Wofford...also registered 10-point scoring performances at Vanderbilt (81-60 loss), at Wofford (83-52 win), and at home against Chattanooga (76-61 win)...collected eight rebounds against Texas Tech (83-74). AS A SOPHOMORE (2004-05): Earned increased playing time, seeing action in all 29 games working at wing guard and small forward...averaged 14.1 minutes, 4.0 ppg, and 3.0 rpg, more than doubling his averages over his freshman campaign...played a key role in Furman going 16-13 and posting its first winning Southern Conference season (9-7) since 1991-92...scored a career high 12 points (5x5 FGs) and claimed three rebounds and a season high three steals in a 71-51 win over Elon...registered seven points and five rebounds at Auburn (85-74 loss) and had 11 points and a career high eight rebounds in a 110-58 win over Newberry...scored only two points but helped spark a second half rally with four rebounds and two assists in a 58-45 win at High Point...scored eight points against Wofford (75-58 win) and contributed four points and six boards in a 72-71 overtime win over Georgia Southern...accounted for six points and three rebounds in the Paladins' 72-65 win over eventual SoCon Tournament champion Chattanooga...had a career high four assists in season finale against East Tennessee State (87-84 loss). AS A FRESHMAN (2003-04): Registered playing time in 20 games, entirely as a reserve at wing guard and small forward...averaged 1.6 ppg and 1.4 rpg...scored a season high five points in three games: vs. Erskine (89-51 win), Wofford (91-55 win), and Chattanooga (77-68 loss)...performance against Wofford also included five steals...claimed a season high four rebounds in a 78-53 triumph over Southern Wesleyan. HIGH SCHOOL: 2003 graduate of Brophy College Prep School where he played wing guard and started for three years under Mark Granger...averaged 18.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg as a senior in helping Brophy to a 20-7 record and Desert Valley region championship...was a two-time all-region selection and one of only two juniors in Arizona named 5A all-state in 2002 after averaging 17.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg in leading his team to a 20-8 season...averaged 10.0 ppg on a 21-7, state runner-up team his sophomore year...also competed in track & field during his prep career, specializing in the high jump...finished second in the region with a jump of 6'6" in 2003...chose Furman over Northern Arizona and Cal Poly.