#4 Tony Bland
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6'4" 180 lbs Guard
HS: Westchester Los Angeles, CA
Born: 1/27/1980 Los Angeles, CA
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
1998-99 Fr G 32 1 502 53 124 42.7% 24 40 60.0% 12 40 30.0% 51 44 31 13 35 1 46 27 8 142 4.4 1.6 1.8
1999-00 So G 32 32 669 86 194 44.3% 20 32 62.5% 22 70 31.4% 55 52 36 16 38 1 36 33 10 214 6.7 1.7 1.6
Career    
64
33
1171
139
318
43.7%
44
72
61.1%
34
110
30.9%
106
96
67
29
73
2
82
60
18
356
5.6
1.7
1.5

Tony Bland was a shooting guard for Syracuse basketball for two seasons. Bland was a big guard with a decent mid range shooting touch.

Bland would be the top reserve player as a freshman, playing more minutes off the bench than any other play. He would often rotate in to replace Allen Griffin, to provide the Orangemen with more size on the court and a stronger perimeter presence.

Bland had earned a starting position on the team his sophomore season. He would start every game that season, and would score a Syracuse career high 22 points in a 76-63 win over West Virginia. However, Syracuse had a lot of talent at the guard position, with classmate Preston Shumpert, freshman DeShaun Willliams and junior Allen Griffin all vying for playing time, and senior Jason Hart a fixture at the point. Bland did start every game, but he averaged only 20 minutes a game. Unhappy with his playing time, and being across the country from his home, Bland left the team after his sophomore year.

Bland would transfer to San Diego State. He would sit out the 2000-2001 season.

San Diego State Statistics
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2001-02 Jr G 33 32 1140 184 416 44.5% 120 169 71.0% 29 81 35.8% 112 131 98 33 52 0 95 34 11 519 15.7 3.4 4.0
2002-03 Sr G 30 30 1042 180 392 45.9% 113 171 66.1% 20 72 27.8% 101 104 76 28 37 1 67 33 10 493 16.4 3.4 3.5
Career    
63
62
2182
364
808
0.0%
233
340
68.5%
49
153
32.0%
213
235
174
61
89
1
162
67
21
1012
16.1
3.4
3.8

Bland would score a career high 33 points for the Aztecs in a win over Houston in January 2002. Bland would finish he career at SDSU with 1,012 points, and was the team's leading scorer his senior season. Collegiately he would have 1,368 points for the two schools, along with 331 rebounds and 319 assists.

Following college, Bland would play in the USBL, Europe (Russia), and the NBDL. Bland would be Rookie of the Year in the USBL in 2004.

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