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Gibson repeats as Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 04/12/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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FRISCO — UTSA senior Devin Gibson was named Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, the league office announced on Tuesday in conjunction with the release of its all-academic teams.

Gibson received first-team All-Southland honors this season after finishing fourth in scoring (17.0). He led the league in assists (5.4), steals (2.7) and minutes played (35.0). A native of Houston, Gibson was named the most valuable player of the 2011 State Farm Southland Conference Basketball Tournament after leading No. 7 seed UTSA to upsets of the top three seeds en route to its first title since 2004. Selected first-team All-District 23 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Gibson led the Roadrunners to their first win in the NCAA Tournament in any sport and the first by a Southland team since 2006.

A double major in infrastructure assurance and information systems who is on track to graduate in May, Gibson carries a 3.20 grade-point average and makes his third consecutive appearance on the all-academic team. One of two players in NCAA Division I to post two triple-doubles this year, Gibson ended his collegiate career as the Southland’s all-time career steals leader (323) and finished third as the third-leading scorer in school history with 1,681 points. Gibson also made a school-record 232 free throws this season and finished second in assists (183) and third in steals (91).

Gibson joins former Roadrunner Kurt Attaway (2004, 05) and Sam Houston State’s Ryan Bright (2006, 07) as the only players in league history to be named the men’s basketball Student-Athlete of the Year in consecutive seasons. Gibson’s award marks the 26th Student-Athlete of the Year honor in any sport by UTSA, the most among league universities.

Gibson is one of six repeat selections on this year’s all-academic teams. Gibson, Sam Houston State graduate Josten Crow, Lamar graduate Coy Custer and Northwestern State senior Logan McConathy each were named to the all-academic team for their third consecutive year. Two-time members include Sam Houston State graduate Lance Pevehouse and Texas State senior Ryan White.

There were four automatic selections to the all-academic teams including Gibson, Crow, Pevehouse and Texas State graduate student Jonathan Sloan. Crow, Pevehouse and Sloan each received CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VI honors. The other three all-academic honorees were selected by a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information contacts and academic advisors.

The Southland Awards Committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 12 member schools, voted for the Student-Athlete of the Year. The award is presented to the student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated achievement in athletics for at least two years at the nominating institution. The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

2010-11 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Teams
First Team
Devin Gibson, UTSA (Student-Athlete of the Year)
Josten Crow, Sam Houston State
Jordan Glynn, Stephen F. Austin
Lance Pevehouse, Sam Houston State
Jonathan Sloan, Texas State

Second Team
Dewan Clayborn, Central Arkansas
Coy Custer, Lamar
Preston David, McNeese State
Logan McConathy, Northwestern State
Ryan White, Texas State

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