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Georgetown College senior forward Gus Chase has been honored as a NAIA First Team All-American. It is the first time for a Tiger student-athlete to be selected to the first team since George Baker in 2004 and Chase is one of ten student-athletes to be chosen.Georgetown College senior forward Gus Chase has been honored as a NAIA First Team All-American. It is the first time for a Tiger student-athlete to be selected to the first team since George Baker in 2004 and Chase is one of ten student-athletes to be chosen.
Chase led the 35-1 Tigers, who finished the year with an appearance in the Fab Four semi-final round on Monday, all season in both scoring and rebounds. He tallied 663 points (18.4 ppg) and 259 rebounds (7.2 rpg) this year while shooting 56 percent from the field. A native of Baltimore, Md., Gus will graduate this summer with a degree in communications.
"I think this couldn't go to a more deserving player," said Head Coach Happy Osborne. "But the thing people need to know about Gus Chase is that even though he is one of the best players I have ever coached, more importantly he is one of the best, if not the best, young men I have ever coached. I feel blessed to have been around him."
Teammate Demetrius Guions was selected as an honorable mention member. The Radcliff, Ky. native averaged 15.1 ppg and 7.1 rpg as a junior and will be one of three starters returning on next year's roster.
In addition, Chase was named a Victory Sports Network First Team All-American and is a member of the 2008 Buffalo Funds-NAIA National Tournament Team. VSN chooses five students annually to its' first team while nine players were named to the all-tournament team plus an most valuable player.