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All-America: Erves third team, Joseph honorable mention

March 20, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana seniors Denzell Erves and Wanto Joseph were honored Wednesday by the NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches' Association All-America Committee. Erves was named third-team All-America for the 2012-13 season, and Joseph received honorable mention.
     Erves is a 6-foot-7 forward from Vicksburg, Miss., and a graduate of Vicksburg High School. Joseph is a 5-9 guard from New Orleans and a graduate of O. Perry Walker High School.
     Erves is the fourth XU men's basketball player to be chosen to third-team All-America or higher and the first since third-team guard Shaun Dumas in 2009. Erves averaged 13.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game this season and ranked third in NAIA Division I with 17 double-doubles, He became XU's career leader with 132 blocked shots — Louis Williams (1979-82) held the previous mark of 130 — and No. 4 with 762 career rebounds.

Xavier Gold Rush
NAIA All-Americans

First Team
1972-73 — Bruce Seals

Third Team
1981-82 — Alvin "Bo" Dukes
2006-07 — Shaun Dumas
2008-09 — Shaun Dumas
2012-13 — Denzell Erves

Honorable Mention
1971-72 — Bruce Seals
1971-72 — Don "Slick" Watts
1985-86 — Derrick Collins
1987-88 — Juan Mercier
1990-91 — Merlin Peters
2000-01 — David Egans, Kermit Smith
2004-05 — Timothy Green
2007-08 — Shaun Dumas
2010-11 — Devin Andrew
2011-12 — Chris Iles
2012-13 — Wanto Joseph

Denzell Erves

Denzell Erves

Wanto Joseph

Wanto Joseph
     Joseph averaged 16.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, six assists and 1.9 steals per game. He was one of four NAIA Division I players this season to reach 500 points and 175 assists — the others were first-team All-American Dominique Rambo of Southwestern Assemblies of God, second-team Marshawn Norris of Culver-Stockton and third-team David Rawlinson of West Virginia Tech.
     Both Erves and Joseph reached 1,000 career points in the regular-season finale against city rival Dillard. Joseph finished with 1,041 career points, and Erves scored 1,031.
     Also earning recognition from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference were Philander Smith senior forward Alvin Nance on the second team and Tougaloo senior guard Juan Gray, Fisk junior Darrell Miller and SUNO senior guard/forward Clyde Moore with honorable mention.
     Coach Dannton Jackson's Gold Rush were 24-8 this season, earning a share of the GCAC regular-season championship for the second consecutive year and qualifying for the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship for the third consecutive season.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
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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