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Gilberto Clavell All-America
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Release: 03/30/2011
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Gilberto Clavell, leading scorer and rebounder for Sam Houston State's 2011 Southland Conference West Division men's basketball co-championship team, became the third Bearkat to earn NCAA Division I Associated Press BasketballAll-America honors this week.

Clavell was named as an honorable mention selection of the 2011 AP All-America team. Donald Cole in 2003 and Joe Thompson in 2008 were the first two Bearkat men's basketball players to be similarly honored.

The All-America recognition completes of season of honors for the Bearkat senior from Mayaquez, Puerto Rico.

Clavell was named Southland Conference men's basketball "Player of the Year" and was a first team All-Southland selection. After totaling 45 points in two games at the State Farm Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, the senior forward became the first Sam Houston player to earn Southland All-Tournament honors two years in a row.

Clavell was the only Southland Conference player named as one a member of the 2011 United States Basketball Writers' Association (USBWA) All-District VII honor squad. The district includes all NCAA Division I teams in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Other honors for Clavell this season have included National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District team and College Basketball Inside Mid-Major All-America honors.

Clavell scored 603 points in 31 games for an average of 19.5 points per game this year.

The senior is the only junior college transfer to score 1,000 points or more in two years as a Bearkat.

The conference's 2010 newcomer of the year has scored 1,166 points in 64 games since transferring to Sam Houston from Collin County Community College.

A five-time player of the week in his two seasons in Huntsville, Clavell's career scoring average of 19.5 points ranks as the third highest at Sam Houston, behind James Lister, the school's all-time scoring leader, who averaged 21.9 points in 1970-73, and Tom Sewell, who posted a 19.6 scoring average from 1952 to 1954.

2010-11 Associated Press All-America Teams

First Team
Jimmer Fredette, BYU
Nolan Smith, Duke
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Kemba Walker, Connecticut
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

Second Team
Marcus Morris, Kansas
Derrick Williams, Arizona
Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State

Third Team
Jordan Hamilton, Texas
Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State
Tu Holloway, Xavier
Marshon Brooks, Providence

Honorable Mention
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina; Talor Battle, Penn State; Devon Beitzel, Northern Colorado; Keith Benson, Oakland; Solomon Bozeman, UALR

Alec Burks, Colorado; Gilberto Clavell, Sam Houston State; Norris Cole, Cleveland State; Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech; Austin Freeman, Georgetown.

Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh; Andrew Goudelock, College of Charleston; Justin Greene, Kent State; Dwight Hardy, St. John's; John Holland, Boston U.

Ken Horton, Central Connecticut State; Reggie Jackson, Boston College; Rick Jackson, Syracuse; Charles Jenkins, Hofstra; John Jenkins, Vanderbilt.

Aaron Johnson, UAB; Terrence Jones, Kentucky; Trevele Jones, Texas Southern; Brandon Knight, Kentucky; Jon Leuer, Wisconsin.

Mickey McConnell, Saint Mary's; E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Markieff Morris, Kansas; Mike Muscala, Bucknell; Chandler Parsons, Florida.

C.J. Reed, Bethune-Cookman; Ryan Rossiter, Siena; Jesse Sanders, Liberty; Kyle Singler, Duke; Mike Smith, East Tennessee State.

Isaiah Thomas, Washington; Tristan Thompson, Texas; Nikola Vucevic, Southern California; Brad Wanamaker, Pittsburgh; Casper Ware, Long Beach State.

Kyle Weems, Missouri State; Taj Wesley, Utah State; Jordan Williams, Maryland; Isiah Williams, Utah Valley; Keith Wright, Harvard.

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