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UTSA's Devin Gibson and Joey Shank

Gibson, Shank named to SLC All-Academic Team

By Kyle Stephens
Sports Information Director

(April 15, 2009)--UTSA sophomore Devin Gibson (Houston/Cypress Falls High School) and senior Joey Shank (Folsom, Calif./Folsom High School) have been named to the Capitol One Bank/Southland Conference All-Academic Team for men's basketball, the league office in Frisco, Texas, announced Wednesday.

Gibson was selected for the five-member first team along with Student-Athlete of the Year Barkley Falkner of Sam Houston State, Logan McConathy and Michael McConathy of Northwestern State and John Rybak of Texas State. Shank was voted to the second team and joined Tommy Moffitt of UT Arlington, Coy Custer of Lamar, Josten Crow of Sam Houston State and Deividas Petravicius of Northwestern State.

Gibson, a Houston native and Cypress Falls High graduate, carries a 3.14 cumulative grade-point average in finance and infrastructure assurance and represented UTSA at the 2008 NCAA Leadership Conference.

One of the top players in the league over the past two seasons, the combo guard earned third-team all-conference accolades this season after averaging 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a circuit-best 3.0 steals per game. Gibson helped guide the Roadrunners to a 19-13 overall record -- their best win total since also winning 19 in 2003-04 -- and to the State Farm SLC Tournament Championship Game.

He garnered all-tournament honors after registering 17.3 points per game in the tourney, including a season-high 25 in the opening round win over Sam Houston State and a game-high 23 in the championship game loss to Stephen F. Austin. The 2008 SLC Freshman of the Year reached double figures in scoring in 18 games and recorded three or more steals 15 times, including six thefts in four different contests.

Shank, who hails from Folsom, Calif., totes a 3.11 cumulative grade point average in economics and is scheduled to graduate this summer.

One of the most dangerous 3-point shooters in the league the last two years, Shank joined the program after two all-conference seasons at American River College in Sacramento. He averaged 9.0 points per game and drained a team-high 72 threes. Shank fired at a .375 clip from behind the arc -- despite it moving back one foot from the basket -- and rattled home three or more treys in 12 games, including 7-for-9 in the win at Rice.

He sank five second-half 3-pointers to help lift UTSA past Nicholls in the semifinal round of the SLC Tournament and finished the year ranked sixth in the SLC in threes per game with 2.3. Shank, who shares the single-game 3-point record with eight, finished his UTSA career with two of the top seven 3-point field goal seasons in school history and stands sixth all-time (second among two-year players) with 139 trifectas.

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