|4 Gerald Fitch
Returns as a three-year starter ... With Cliff Hawkins, comprises one of the most experienced and talented backcourts in the nation ... As the leading returning scorer, should spearhead UK's offensive attack next season ... Is a 39.3% career shooter from 3FG range ... Needs 79 points to become the 50th Wildcat to top 1,000 points ... Underwent surgery to repair a hernia in late July... Is expected to make a quick and complete recovery.
Played in all 36 games with 35 starts, averaging 12.3 ppg and 3.0 rpg ... Scored in double figures on 23 occasions, including a career-high 25 points against North Carolina and IUPUI ... Went 7-for-10 against the Tar Heels and 4-of-5 from three in the career game ... Hit a career-high 10 shots against IUPUI ... Was fourth in three-point shooting in the SEC in league games, hitting 43.0% of his shots ... His 47.2% FG shooting was a career best, as was his 76.5% showing at the charity stripe ... Was named The Sporting News and SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 9 for his efforts against UNC and High Point ...Was named Honorable Mention All-SEC by The Associated Press ... Was named one of 17 finalists for the U.S. Pan American Games team over the summer, but was forced to withdraw from the team camp due to a re-aggravated hernia.
Played in 27 games as a sophomore, starting 23 ... Was second on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and tied for third in scoring (8.9 ppg) ... Led the team in rebounding during league play (6.2 rpg), which ranked eighth in the SEC ... Also finished second on the team in scoring during conference play, averaging 11.2 ppg ... Earned the team's "Three-point Award" for hitting 34.5% of his shots ... Played a reserve role against Florida (3/2), canning a three-pointer with 29 seconds remaining to put the Cats up for good ... Matched his season high with 17 points against Georgia (2/16) ... Was 3-for-6 from 3FG range in a team-high 36 minutes ... Scored back-to-back three-pointers in the last 17.3 seconds against Tennessee (2/6) to send the game to overtime ... Finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in a career-high 42 minutes ... Scored 17 points against South Carolina (Feb. 2) ... Was outstanding against Ole Miss, totaling 13 points and 11 rebounds to record his third career double-double and second of the season, earning ESPN Player of the Game honors ... Had first double-double of the season against Tulane with 16 points and 10 boards while adding three assists and a steal ... Just missed a double-double against Duke, finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds, including six offensive boards.
Made All-SEC Freshman Team and earned the team's Mr. Hustle Award ... Saw action in every game, moving into the starter's role against Indiana ... Before the lineup change, UK was 3-5, afterwards, the Cats went 21-5 ... After shooting 1-for-11 from three-point range in the Cats' first 11 games, finished as the team leader, hitting 40.8% ... Unfortunately, his 29-of-71 shooting didn't meet the minimum to qualify for the UK annual leaders' list ... In league play, finished tied with Saul Smith for the team lead in steals with 22 ... In the last 14 games, shot 53.0% from the field and 51.4% from three-point range ... Hit a three-pointer in 13 straight games until the USC loss ... In the SEC Tournament, shot a sizzling 57.9% from the field and 57.1% from three-point range to average 11.7 ppg ... Also added eight assists, three steals and just two turnovers in the three games ... Scored a career-high 17 points in the comeback vs. Arkansas, including two clutch three-pointers in the second half ... Scored in double figures 12 times ... Recorded his first double-double -- 11 points, 11 boards -- at Tennessee on Feb. 14 ... With UK leading 95-93 inside the last two minutes, rebounded a Bogans' miss and was fouled, converting both FTs to lead UK to victory ... Had six offensive boards vs. the Vols ... Played 28 minutes vs. Florida, scoring 12 points and hitting a career-high five FGs ... Made three key plays down the stretch -- canned a three with 2:12 remaining to tie the game; penetrated and fed Marvin Stone to cut the lead back to one with 1:35 left; then grabbed an offensive board with 12 seconds left to set up game-winner ... Scored 13 points against Notre Dame, including a 3-for-6 effort from three-point range ... Outstanding effort vs. Michigan State: came off the bench to play 21 minutes, tallying two points, a game-high nine rebounds, two assists, a block and three steals.
Named the Class 4A Player of the Year after guiding the Seminoles to the state tournament semifinals... The runner-up for Mr. Basketball honors averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 4.4 steals per game leading Westside to a 28-5 record... A three-year letterman at the three-year-old school, the 'Noles had a 68-19 record during his career, including consecutive Class 4A Regional titles and back-to-back state tournament appearances... As a junior, he averaged 19.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game... Voted first-team All-State, first-team All-Middle Georgia and Middle Georgia Player of the Year ... The Atlanta Tip-Off Club named him to their "Terrific Ten" team, an honor bestowed upon the top-10 players in the state, and USA Today also made him a first-team All-Georgia selection... Chose UK over Clemson and Florida State.
Born Aug. 12, 1982 in Columbus, Ga....Son of Ruby Fitch ...Major is sports managament.
Smith on Fitch
"Gerald is focused on having a good year as a senior here at Kentucky. I thought he did an outstanding job leading the team as the point guard last season not having played at that position before. We'll need his toughness on the court this season."
Full Name: Gerald Edwind Fitch
Birth Date: Aug. 12, 1982
Place of Birth: Columbus, Ga.
Parent: Ruby Fitch
Siblings: Valencia, George, April
Major: Sports Management
High School Coach: Adrian Green
High School Mascot: Seminoles
Questions and Answers
My most exciting win was: Beating Florida in Rupp last year
The best player I've ever played against was: My nephew
I picked my jersey number because: My Grandma had this number
My favorite sports announcer is: Bill Raftery
The most important thing I've learned since I came to Kentucky is: It's a business
The toughest arena I've ever played in is: Arkansas' Bud Walton Arena
My dream dates are: Stacey Dash and Halle Berry
My shoe size is: 13
My all-time favorite movie is: Boyz N The Hood
The last DVD I purchased was: Old School
If I could switch places with a person for one day, it would be: My brother, because he is in heaven
My favorite all-time sporting event I saw on TV was: The 1998 Bulls NBA Championship
Not many people know this but I: Am still a Momma's boy
The place that I'd most like to visit is: Jamaica
I first picked up a basketball at age: Four
The CD that is currently in my player is: T.I.
My Derby horse would be named: G-Man
The team I most like to see on our schedule is: Louisville
I love: My family so much
Year G-S Min.-Avg. FG-A Pct. 3FG-A Pct. FT-A Pct. Reb.-Avg. PF-D AT TO BS St TP-Avg.
00-01 34-26 672-19.8 76-167 .455 29-71 .408 49-71 .690 150-4.4 57-0 63 46 8 40 230-6.8
01-02 28-23 756-27.0 85-187 .455 30-87 .345 48-69 .696 151-5.4 60-0 44 45 1 44 248-8.9
02-03 36-35 1042-28.9 152-322 .472 61-147 .415 78-102 .765 108-3.0 67-0 85 59 2 34 443-12.3
Totals 98-84 2470-25.2 313-676 .463 120-305 .393 175-242 .723 409-4.2 184-0 192 150 11 118 921-9.4
Fitch's Career Highs
Points 25 Twice
FG Made 10 IUPUI 3/21/03
FG Atts 13 Twice
3FG Made 5 IUPUI 3/21/03
3FG Atts 8 Auburn 1/22/03
FT Made 7 Twice
FT Atts 8 Five times
Rebounds 11 Twice
Assists 6 High Point 12/3/02
Turnovers 4 Seven times
Blocks 2 Tennessee 1/16/01
Steals 5 Vanderbilt 1/14/03
Minutes 42 Tennessee 2/6/02