As a junior, Gillenwater led the Aggies in both scoring with 18.9 points per game and rebounding with 6.3 boards per game. He ranked No. 39 in the NCAA in scoring after playing in 27 games and starting in 24 contests in 2010-11. Gillenwater earned first team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Six Team and first team All-WAC honors. In conference games, he averaged 20.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Gillenwater shot 45.9 percent from the field (173-of-377), 36.3 from the 3-point line (37-of-102) and 74.9 percent from the free-throw line (128-of-171). He became the 27th member of the Aggie 1,000-point club, March 2, 2011. Gillenwater joined the club with his second field goal of the game against No. 25/21 Utah State. He ranks No. 21 on the Aggies’ all-time list with 1,065 career points. Gillenwater posted 12 games with over 20 points scored this year and has 15 in his career. He set a career high with 34 points in the overtime win against Boise State, 96-87, Jan. 27, 2011. He surpassed the 30-point plateau four times and recorded four double-doubles in his third season in the Crimson and White.
In his sophomore campaign, Gillenwater averaged 14.6 points per game, a mark that ranked third on the team. He appeared in 13 contests with one game started and shot 52.7 percent from the field, 40.6 percent from the 3-pt line and 70.7 percent at the free-throw line. Gillenwater grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game in 2009-10 along with 17 blocks and 11 assists and 11 steals. He finished the season strong and was named to the WAC All-Tournament Team after the Aggies won their second tournament title. At Nevada (March 12) in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament, Gillenwater scored a season-high 21 points. In the championship win over No. 1 seed Utah State (March 13), he tallied 15 points on a 6-for-12 shooting performance from the field. Gillenwater scored a team-high 17 points along with 11 rebounds in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Michigan State (March 19) for the game’s lone double-double, which was his third of the season. In the heartbreaking 70-67 loss to the Spartans, Gillenwater nailed a 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left in regulation to bring the Aggies within one, 68-67. Additionally, he scored in double-figures in 11 games in 2009-10 including the final seven contests of the year.
In his first season with the Aggies, Gillenwater started the first eight games of the season and played in 30 games. He averaged 12.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Gillenwater shot 51 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free-throw line. In WAC play, he was No. 1 in the league in free-throw percentage with an 88.1 performance. Defensively, Gillenwater blocked 39 shots, which ranked second on the team in 2008-09, and he collected a career-best six stuffs against Pepperdine (Nov. 21). At Boise State (Jan. 22), Gillenwater had a career-high 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting that included three 3-pointers. The game was also his first double-double showing with 11 rebounds. Gillenwater began the season with a 10-game span of double-figure scoring performances from UC Riverside (Nov. 15) to UTEP (Dec. 20). He led the Aggies in scoring on four occasions with 18 points against Sacramento State (Dec. 11), 22 versus Nevada (Jan. 8), 17 against Idaho (Jan. 15) and 18 at Hawai’i (March 7). In his first WAC home game against the Wolf Pack, Gillenwater started a four-game streak in double digits that concluded at Boise State. Then against San Jose State (Jan. 29), he scored 18 points before a 14-point showing in the ESPNU BracketBuster versus Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 21). In the final two regular season games of the year, Gillenwater had 19 points, seven rebounds and a 7-of-7 performance at the line against Boise State (March 2) and 18 points, eight rebounds and 10-for-12 shooting at the line at Hawai’i (March 7). He added 12 points and seven rebounds in the heartbreaking one-point loss to Utah State, 71-70, in the WAC Tournament semifinals (March 13).
Gillenwater was a highly-recruited power forward from Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif. Rivals.com ranked him No. 22 while Scout.com listed Gillenwater at No. 23 for the power forward position. Gillenwater scored in double-figures in 14 of 18 games with a season-high 37 points in a win over Lee Academy. That performance highlighted a week where he collected 24 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks against Philadelphia Lutheran and a double-double consisting of 27 points and 11 rebounds versus Notre Dame. At the 2006 Full Court Press Fall Hoops Classic, Gillenwater led the team to the gold division title. In addition, he collected most valuable player honors.
Gillenwater was born in Boston, Mass., and is the son of Troy Gillenwater and Tracie Coplin. He is undecided in a major.