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Justin Gant


Indiana State

Criminal Justice


Justin Gant carries a 3.35 GPA as a criminal justice major. He is a two-time selection to All-MVC Scholar-Athlete Team and also a member of the Capitol One Academic All-District Team.


Justin Gant is well-respected for his character and comes for a strong local family. Gant’s character was best displayed when he displayed the initals J.P. on his game shoes to show support for a mentor, Jackie Porter, in a game in which he scored a then career-high 14 points. Porter, who was battling terminal cancer, was able to cheer on Gant and the Sycamores before losing her battle with the disease hours after the game.


Gant is extremely involved with Special Olympics Indiana, Susan G. Komen, Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club, campus ministry, Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness, Recess with the Sycamores, reading to students, local basketball camps, Tipoff for Kirchoff fundraisers, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, Race for the Cure and Red Cross blood drives. Gant is not only a participant but the face of the program when the team is involved in these activities.


As a junior, his 47.9 percent mark from the field ranked 10th in the league. He averaged 0.8 blocked shots per game, which was ninth-best in the MVC. Gant posted a 1.0 blocked-shots-per-game average in MVC contests to rank sixth (tie). He was named to the All-Great Alaska Shootout Team and paced the Sycamores with 17 points as he hit a trio of 3-pointers in the road victory over No. 21 Notre Dame. He scored 18 points as he set a new career-high with four 3-pointers in the MVC Championship Game against Wichita State. As a sophomore, Gand led the team with 11 points and eight rebounds at No. 13 UCLA, including a 3-pointer at the 17:11 mark of the first half which, were the first points scored at the new Pauley Pavilion.