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Kelechi Okoroha


     Okoroha on Academic All-District 6 second team
February 5, 2009

     NEW ORLEANS — Kelechi Okoroha, a senior on the Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball team, has been chosen to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 6 second team in the college division.
     Okoroha — from Missouri City, Texas, and a 2004 graduate of Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas — qualified academically with a 3.37 grade-point average as an undergraduate.
He received his bachelor of science degree in biology this past May and compiled a 4.0 GPA for graduate work during the fall 2008 semester. The 6-foot-4 forward leads Xavier in rebounds per game (6.5), blocked shots (11), field-goal percentage (.569) and free throws made (71), and he shares the team lead in games started (17). His 9.6 points per game rank second on the Gold Rush.
     Okoroha is the only men's or women's basketball player from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference or from an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) to make an all-district team this season. Xavier is one of two NAIA Division I members represented on men's or women's basketball all-district teams this season. The other is Oklahoma Christian, which has a first-team woman and a second-team man and woman.
     A check of multiple sources has found no Xavier representatives on previous Academic All-District or Academic All-America teams, which are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
     District 6 comprises schools from six states: Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. There are eight districts nationwide, and teams represent the university division (NCAA Division I members) or the college division (everyone else, including Xavier). Nominees must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale). They also must have completed at least one full calendar year at their current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility. First-team all-district members advance to the Academic All-America ballot.
     Xavier, 14-8 and in fourth place in the GCAC entering Thursday's games, will play league-leading LSU-Shreveport at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Barn. The Pilots are No. 23 in the NAIA Division I coaches poll.

2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Men's Basketball
College Division District 6 First Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Ernest Lowery Texas-Dallas Gr. Houston, Texas 3.82, 1st semester grad Accounting
and Information Management
Garrett Bell Incarnate Word Sr. San Antonio, Texas 3.90 Business Management
Chad Songy Millsaps Sr. Lafayette, La. 3.95 Business
Eric Spencer Delta State Jr. Marion, Ark. 3.85 Biology and Chemistry
Taylor Land St. Edward's Sr. Highland Village, Texas 4.00 Finance
College Division District 6 Second Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Taylor Mullenax St. Edward's Sr. Beaumont, Texas 3.44 Marketing
Kelechi Okoroha Xavier Gr. Missouri City, Texas 3.37, 4.00 (grad) biology undergrad,
education in grad school
Jason Taylor Oklahoma Christian Jr. Edmond, Okla. 3.38 Finance
Charles Houston Trinity (Texas) Sr. Seguin, Texas 3.37 Business Administration
Braxton Adamson Dallas Baptist So. Rockwall, Texas 3.66 Finance


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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