Dumas is All-GCAC for a third consecutive year
March 3, 2009
NEW ORLEANS — Shaun Dumas joined
a select group of Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball
players when he was named Tuesday to the All-Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference team for the third consecutive season.
Also representing Xavier on the 15-player team
is first-time selection Kelechi Okoroha. GCAC head coaches selected the team.
Dumas — a 5-foot-11 senior guard from New Orleans
and a 2004 graduate of St. Augustine High School — likely will finish
the season as the third player in 27 seasons to lead the Gold Rush in scoring,
assists and steals in the same year. He is averaging 14.6 points, 4.3 assists
and 3.2 steals entering Xavier's 7 p.m. Thursday game at Spring Hill in the
quarterfinals of the GCAC Tournament. Dumas, a two-time GCAC Player of the
Week this season, is second in NAIA Division I in steals and 32nd in assists.
Dumas is the first Gold Rush player to be All-GCAC
three times since Jimmie Wilder in 1990-91, 1991-92 and 1993-94. Dumas is
the first to be All-GCAC three consecutive times since Juan Mercier in
1985-86 through 1987-88.
Five Gold Rush players have been All-GCAC three times.
The other two are Derrick Collins (1984-85 through 1986-87) and Merlin Peters
(1989-90, 1990-91 and 1992-93).
Okoroha — a 6-foot-4 senior forward from Missouri
City, Texas, and a 2004 graduate of Dulles High School — is averaging 11.7
points and leads the team with 7.2 rebounds per game, a .559 field-goal percentage,
121 free throws, 178 free-throw attempts and 14 blocked shots. This past week
he reached 1,000 points for his three-year career.
Okoroha was the only men's or women's basketball
player from the GCAC or an HBCU to be chosen this season to an ESPN The
Magazine Academic All-District team.
Xavier was 19-11 during the regular season and 11-7
in the GCAC to tie for fourth place.
2008-09 All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Team
Sean Bennett, Loyola
Ryan Brock, Loyola
Jeremy Cable, Tougaloo
Marcus Coleman, Spring Hill
Shaun Dumas, Xavier
Chris Gatlin, LSU-Shreveport
Jermaine Hodges, Tougaloo
Walter Howard, Tougaloo
David Manning, Dillard
Dexter Middleton, William Carey
Kelechi Okoroha, Xavier
Mike Pilgrim, LSU-Shreveport
Jeremy Price, Spring Hill
Nate Roché, Belhaven
Korey Whiting, Belhaven
Player of the Year: Jermaine Hodges, Tougaloo
Newcomer of the Year: Ryan Brock, Loyola
Co-Freshmen of the Year: Sylvester Collins, Tougaloo, and Derrick Parker, LSU-Shreveport
Coach of the Year: Lafayette Stribling, Tougaloo