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XU's Erves, Joseph, Simmons are preseason All-GCAC

October 1, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Denzell Erves, Wanto Joseph and Anthony Simmons have been selected to the All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference preseason men's basketball team by the GCAC head coaches. The conference announced the 12-player team Monday.
     Xavier, 23-9 in 2011-12 and the GCAC regular-season co-champion, was the only school with more than two players chosen.
     Denzell Erves

Denzell Erves
     Wanto Joseph

Wanto Joseph
     Anthony Simmons

Anthony Simmons
     Erves, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Vicksburg, Miss., and a graduate of Vicksburg High School, averaged 9.5 points this past season and led the Gold Rush with 6.8 rebounds per game and 33 blocked shots. Erves was All-GCAC and a three-time GCAC Player of the Week in 2011-12, and his six double-doubles were the most by a Gold Rush player since the start of 2003-04.
     Joseph, a 5-9 senior guard from New Orleans and a graduate of O. Perry Walker High School, averaged 8.6 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds as a junior. He led the team with 43 steals, 89 free throws and 132 free throws attempted.
     Simmons, a 6-8 senior forward from Rochester, N.Y., and a graduate of Allendale Columbia School, averaged 9.7 points and six rebounds and shot a team-best 62.9 percent from the floor a year ago. He's a two-time All-GCAC selection, and he was GCAC Player of the Week twice in 2011-12.
     Xavier qualified six times in the past eight seasons for the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship. The Gold Rush season will begin in early November, and the schedule will be announced soon.

2012-13 Preseason All-GCAC Men's Basketball Team

Name School Ht. Year Position Notes (provided by coaches)
Kadon Day Tougaloo 6-5 Junior Forward 2010-11 GCAC Freshman of the Year
Juvon Demerson Philander Smith 6-11 Junior Center Strong rebounder and scorer
Carlton Downing Edward Waters 6-7 Junior Forward 12.9 points, 9.1 rebounds per game
Kevin Dukes SUNO 6-2 Sophomore Guard 2011-12 GCAC Freshman of the Year
Denzell Erves Xavier 6-7 Senior Forward 9.5 points, 6.8 rebounds per game
Juan Gray Tougaloo 6-0Senior Guard 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds per game
Wanto Joseph Xavier 5-9 Senior Guard 8.6 points, 3.3 assists per game
Cameron Lewis Fisk 6-3 Sophomore Guard Four 20+ point games last year
Damarkus Lipscomb Philander Smith 5-9 Senior Guard One of top defensive players
Darrell Miller Fisk 6-7 Junior Forward 15 double-doubles last season
Clyde Moore SUNO 6-4 Senior Forward 16.6 points, 8 rebounds per game
Anthony Simmons Xavier 6-8 Senior Forward 9.7 points, 6 rebounds per game


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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 teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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