Marcus Gaither

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Marcus Gaither
Personal information
BornApril 26, 1961
Far Rockaway, New York
DiedJuly 16, 2020
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolFar Rockaway High School
CollegeFairleigh Dickinson University
Career highlights and awards
  • Israeli Basketball Premier League Statistical Leaders

Marcus Gaither (April 26, 1961-July 16, 2020) was an American-French professional basketball player, who played the guard position.[1][2][3] In 1989-90 Gaither Israeli Basketball Premier League Statistical Leaders|led the Israel Basketball Premier League in scoring, he then played in France for 11 years, and he ended his career playing for one season in the Italian Lega Basket Serie A.

Personal life

Gaither was born in Far Rockaway, New York, and attended Far Rockaway High School.[4][2][5] He was 6' 5" tall, and weighed 190 pounds.[3][4]

In 2008, Gaither was living in West Caldwell, New Jersey, operating a mortgage company, and officiating at AAU basketball tournaments.[6][7] He earned an MBA in Information Technology Management from Jones International University in 2010.[7] In 2014, he joined the mortgage lending team at the corporate office of The Money Store (company)|The Money Store in Florham Park, New Jersey.[7]

Gaither died in July 2020 at 59 years of age.[1]

Basketball career

Gaither attended and played basketball for Fairleigh Dickinson University, graduating in 1984 with a B.S. in Business Management.[7][3] He played for the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights men's basketball|Fairleigh Dickinson Knights in the Northeast Conference from 1980-84.[8][9] He led the team in scoring from 1981-84, and had a career-high 22.9 points per game in the 1982-83 season.[10][2] He was named to the 1982 ECAC Metro South All-Star basketball team and 1982 Big East Conference team.[11][12] In 1983 he led the league in scoring, with 22.9 points per game.[13] He set a school record as FDU's all-time leading scorer with 1,815 points, a mark which stood for seven years.[10][2] In 2016, Gaither ranked second all-time in points, and in 1999 he was third with 369 career assists, and was fifth with 465 field goals made.[8][10][2]

He was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the fifth round of the 1984 NBA Draft.[14]

Gaither played for the Birmingham Bullets of the British Basketball League in England in the 1987–88 British Basketball League season|1987-88 season, averaging 35.3 points and 3.5 assists per game, and was named to the BBL Team of the Year.[15][16]

In 1989-90 Gaither played in Israel for Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin, Israeli Basketball Premier League Statistical Leaders|leading the Israel Basketball Premier League in scoring with a 28.6 points per game average.[1][17]

Gaither played in France for 11 years.[1] He played for French basketball team AS Chatou (now Poissy-Chatou) from 1991-94, averaging 27.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 2.6 steals per game.[1][18] He then played for Metropolitans 92|Levallois from 1995 to 1997 and SIG Strasbourg from 1997 to 1998 in LNB Pro A, and Montpellier (1998-99).[1][18]

He ended his career playing for B. Sardegna Sassari in Sardinia in the Italian Lega Basket Serie A in 1998-99.[10][2][18]


Gaither was inducted into the Fairleigh Dickinson University's Division I Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Pantel-jouve, Gabriel (July 16, 2020). "Ancienne superstar de l'AS Chatou, Marcus Gaither n'est plus". BeBasket.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "LEGABASKET SERIE A LEGABASKET SERIE A".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Marcus Gaither Basketball Player Profile, Banco di Sardegna Sassari, FDU, News, Serie A stats, Career, Games Logs, Best, Awardst". Eurobasket LLC.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "1984 NBA Draft". The Draft Review.
  5. Pantel-jouve, Gabriel (July 16, 2020). "Ancienne superstar de l'AS Chatou, Marcus Gaither n'est plus". BeBasket.
  6. "Officiating Gives Former Star New Perspective". Hoopville. June 27, 2008.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "The Money Store Welcomes Marcus Gaither to the Team". PRLog.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "FDU 1,000 Point Scorers".
  9. "Marcus Gaither College Stats". College Basketball at
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Statistics from Gaither Marcus in Lega Basket Serie A". World Hoopstats.
  11. "SPORTS PEOPLE; Callandrillo Honored". March 4, 1982 – via
  12. "Forward Paul Jackson and guard Marcus Gaither of Fairleigh..." UPI.
  13. "Northeast Conference".
  14. "Marcus Gaither Player Profile, Fairleigh Dickinson, NCAA Stats, Awards".
  15. "Birmingham Bullets"
  16. "Molten BBL Team of the Year members".
  17. "מנהלת ליגת העל בכדורסל | עונת 1989-90 | עונה סדירה | סטטיסטיקה - מובילים".
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 "GAITHER Marcus |". LNB.
  19. "Marcus Gaither (1999) - FDU Hall of Fame". Fairleigh Dickinson University Athletics.

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