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Nate Tomlinson
Player Profile:
Nate Tomlinson 176772
Position: Guard
Height: 6'3.5"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
City/State: Sydney, Australia
Other College: Lee Academy [Maine]
Experience: 4 Letters

Career: Finished four-year career tied for first in three-point percentage (.406); fourth in starts (111); fifth in minutes played (3,540); tied for sixth in assists (405); ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68); 14th in steals (111); 68th in points (675) • Only the seventh player in school history with over 400 career assists (all of whom also have 100 steals) • 26 games with five or more assists in a game • 22 double-digit scoring games • 17 games with six or more assists • During junior and senior seasons, CU went 9-0 when Tomlinson had five or more assists in a game (8-8 freshman/sophomore years), overall 17-8 • Part of a senior class that set the school mark for most wins over a four-year career (72-64, .529, 2008-2012) • A key contributor in CU's success capturing its first NCAA Tournament berth since the 2002-03 season (nine years) and only the third NCAA Tournament appearance since 1968-69 (43 years) • Member of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament Championship team and the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament winning four games in four days at the Staples Center in Los Angeles • Earned the men's basketball team's Jay Humphries Assist Award and named Best Defensive Player (voted by the players) • Helped the Buffaloes to a 53-16 home record (.768) and a 32-4 mark (.889) over the last two seasons at the Coors Events Center.

2011-12 (senior): Played all 36 games with 34 starts • Averaged 29.7 minutes, 5.5 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio per game • 30 of 36 games running the point having more or equal assists than turnover • Finished third in the Pac-12 (conference-only) in assist/turnover ratio (2.3) and fifth in all games (1.8) • No. 115th nationally in assists-to-turnover ratio; among players that played in the NCAA Tournament was 36th • Scored in double-digits eight times (CU 6-2 in those games), only once the previous year • Handed-out team-best 108 assists (26th in a single-season) • Recorded an assist in 35 games • Handed-out three or more assists 23 times; four or more in a game 12 times; five or more on four occasions • Logged a personal-high 1,068 minutes, second highest on the team; also second in three-pointers made (36) and steals (32) • Of active Pac-12 players, was third in assists (405); sixth in career three-point field goals (125) and steals (111) • The 14 wins at home in 2011-12 ties for second in school history, only behind 18 victories in 2010-11.

2010-11 (junior): Started 29 of 34 games • Missed four games with injuries • Averaged 3.1 points, 2.5 assists, 1.7 rebounds per game • Handed-out a team best eight assists in home win over The Citadel (Dec. 17); also had six assists in wins over Maryland Eastern Shore (Dec. 29) and Texas Southern (Mar. 16) • Third on the team in assists (84), fifth in steals (29) and three-pointers made (25) • Recorded an assist in 28 games • One of seven on the team averaging over 20 minutes a game • Shot 50 percent from the field (36-of-72) • Led team in assists 10 times (five shared) and steals six times (three shared) • Ran the point with more assists than turnovers in 24 of 34 games.

2009-10 (sophomore): Ranked 74th nationally in assist-turnover ratio (2.03) and No. 114 in assists per game nationally (4.2 apg.) • In Big 12 Conference (only games) ranked third in assist-turnover ratio (2.2) and fifth in assists (4.4) • In Big 12 Conference (all games) ranked fourth in assists-turnover ratio (2.0) and sixth in assists (4.2 apg.) • Led all conference sophomores in assists (130, 4.2 apg.) and in three-point field goal percentage (min. 60 attempts) at 43.3 percent • Played in 31 games with 21 starts • Led the team in assists with 130 (4.2 apg.) • Running the point with more assists than turnovers in 23 of 31 games • Averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals per game • First Buff since Chauncey Billups (1995-96 and 1996-97) to lead team in assists as a freshman and a sophomore (others: Toney Ellis, 1976-77, 1977-78;  Jay Humphries, 1980-81, 1981-82) • 130 assists ranks second most in school history of all sophomores • Career-high 20 points against Arizona (Nov. 24) on 7-of-9 shooting with a season-best three, three-pointers at the EA Sports Maui Invitational • Three other games netted double figures • Led CU in assists 22 times (four shared) and 15 of his last 18 games (22 times, four shared) • Nine times w/ six or more assists • Scored 11 points with four assists and zero turnovers in home upset win over Baylor (Jan. 12) • Shot .822 percent from the free throw line (37-of-45) and 46.2 percent from the field (49-of-106) • CU's record was 5-3 when scoring at least five points and five assists • Led team in rebounding three times (one shared).

2008-09 (freshman): Started all 28 games he participated in • Missed three games due to injuries • Averaged 7.4 points, 3.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 33.6 minutes per game • Finished in 16th place on CU's freshman points list with 206 • Became the first freshman since Chauncey Billups (1995-96) to lead team in assists • Finished seventh on the school's all-time freshman assists list (83) • Shared scoring honors with 18 points at Stanford (Nov. 29) on 8-for-12 shooting • Led CU in assists 14 times (five shared) • Five games with five or more assists and 18 games with at least three • Season-best seven assists against Texas A&M (Mar. 4); six rebounds vs. Iowa State (Jan. 27); and four steals at Texas Tech (Jan. 20) • An assist in 27 of 28 games • Nine games with 10 or more points • Finished seventh overall in the Big 12 (all games) minutes played • 35+ minutes 13 times (six in conference) • Grabbed four or more rebounds nine times (five conference) • Made two free throws with 6.6 second remaining clinching CU's 65-62 win over Louisiana-Monroe (Dec. 23) • First freshman point-guard since 2002-03 to start a season opener • CU's first-ever basketball student-athlete from Australia.

Australia: Member of Team Australia at the 2009 World University Games in July in Belgrade, Serbia • Member of the Under-19 national team summer of 2007 that competed at the World Championships in Serbia.

Lee Academy (Maine): Played two seasons • Averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 assists per game as a senior • Attended the 2006 National Prep Showcase in Worcester, Mass.

Academics: Will graduate with a degree in ethnic studies in August of 2012.

Personal: Born Nate Tomlinson on July 24, 1989 in Melbourne, Australia • Son of Billy and Donna Tomlinson • Has a younger sister, Demi • Father is a basketball coach • Would like to become a coach someday • Arrived in the United States in the Fall of 2006 • Lists graduating high school in another country as his biggest moment of prep career.

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