In 2002-03, Gamboa was a regular contributor for the Bulldogs, finishing fourth on the team in assists (50) and three-pointers (19). He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Phoenix Classic after he scored a season-high 12 points in the victory over Central Connecticut in the championship game. In Yale's victory at Penn State he scored 11 points, and against Wake Forest he had a season-high six assists. In January, he missed three games after having his appendix removed.
In 2001-02, Gamboa became only the fifth Yale player to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. He was also named honorable mention All-Ivy after finishing seventh in the Ieague in assists (3.19), fifth in free throw percentage (.800, 64 of 80), second in three-point field goal percentage (.448, 47 of 105) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.40). In addition, Gamboa was the recipient of the Eggie Miles Award as the team's top free throw shooter and shared the John C. Cobb Memorial Award with Edwin Draughan as the team's most outstanding freshman. His 102 assists led the team, and he was twice named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. He also was named to the all-tournament team at the Red Auerbach Colonial Classic after scoring 18 points in the championship game. His three-pointer with three seconds left in the second half forced overtime.
AT RENO HIGH SCHOOL: Gamboa was a two-time Northern Nevada Most Valuable Player selection and earned first team all-state honors as both a junior and a senior. He helped lead Reno to a pair of league championships and three appearances in the state tournament.
PERSONAL: Alex, born on Nov. 5, 1982, is the son of Teo Gamboa and Merle Askren. At Yale he is an economics major. In the summer of 2003 he studied in Alicante, Spain, and went to Pamplona and did the Running of the Bulls.