Dumas, Okoroha on preseason All-GCAC team
October 20, 2008
NEW ORLEANS — The only seniors on the
Xavier University of New Orleans men's basketball team — guard
Shaun Dumas and forward Kelechi Okoroha — have been chosen to the
preseason All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team by the league's head coaches.
Dumas, 5-foot-11 and from New Orleans, is a two-time
All-GCAC selection and made the preseason team for the third consecutive year.
Dumas averaged 10.5 points and a team-leading 4.9 assists and 2.4 steals for
the Gold Rush in 2007-08. He helped Xavier reach the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I
National Championship for a school-record fourth consecutive time and was an
honorable-mention NAIA All-American.
Okoroha, 6-4 and from Missouri City, Texas, averaged
9.7 points and 5.1 rebounds this past season and shot a team-leading 60.1 percent
from the floor. He was a two-time GCAC Player of the Week as a freshman and
an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar in 2007-08 (second team) and 2006-07 (third team).
Xavier, Belhaven, LSU-Shreveport and Spring Hill were
the only schools with two players on the preseason team.
Xavier, 24-10 this past season, will open its 2008-09
schedule at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 against Southern Polytechnic at The Barn. Xavier will
play its first six regular-season games at home.
2008-09 Preseason All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Team
Name School Height Class Position Hometown
Sean Bennett Loyola 5-11 Junior Guard Mandeville, La.
Michael Bridges Dillard 6-4 Junior Guard Jackson, Miss.
Jeremy Cable Tougaloo 6-6 Senior Forward Jackson, Miss.
Marcus Coleman Spring Hill 6-0 Junior Guard Mobile, Ala.
Shaun Dumas Xavier 5-11 Senior Guard New Orleans, La.
Tyrone Hamilton LSU-Shreveport 6-0 Senior Guard Shreveport, La.
Dexter Middleton William Carey 6-3 Senior Guard Brookhaven, Miss.
Dax Miller Belhaven 6-2 Senior Guard Little Rock, Ark.
Kelechi Okoroha Xavier 6-4 Senior Forward Missouri City, Texas
Jeremy Price Spring Hill 6-1 Senior Guard Dallas, Texas
Jared Stevenson LSU-Shreveport 6-1 Junior Guard Quitman, La.
Donte Walker Mobile 6-2 Sophomore Guard Lake Charles, La.
Korey Whiting Belhaven 6-3 Senior Forward Stafford, Va.