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Gervin Is Nation's Best

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January 14, 2003
Gary Pine
AZUSA, Calif. -- Caleb Gervin, a 6-foot-1 senior guard out of Palm Springs, Calif., has been named NAIA National Player of the Week for his performance in Azusa Pacific’s 2 victories last week.

Gervin, who is indeed playing the best basketball of his career, tallied 45 points on 17-for-25 (.680) shooting from the floor in the Cougars’ victories at Fresno Pacific and over No. 1-ranked Concordia. Yet, as impressive as his offensive production was in those 2 games, it may have been his balanced effort that gave him the national nod.

Along with his scoring, Gervin also registered 10 steals, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocked shots. In the Cougars’ 71-65 come-from-behind victory at Fresno Pacific, Gervin scored 15 second-half points. His back-to-back jumpers with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game, including a trey from the top of the key, twice gave the Cougars insurmountable 8-point leads.

Four nights later against undefeated Concordia, Gervin dropped in 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting and was a sizzling 6-for-7 in the second half, which included a pair of 3-point baskets, to lead Azusa Pacific to its first-ever victory over a top-ranked team. He also had 5 assists and 6 steals against Concorida, and none may have been more eye-popping than when he soared high above the rim to steal an ally-oop pass when Concodia was attempting to get back into the contest late in the second half.

“Caleb is playing great basketball,” said Azusa Pacific Coach Bill Odell. “He is playing within himself and the system which is allowing him to excel and create opportunities for both himself and his teammates.”

Since the start of the new year, Gervin is averaging 24.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3.3 steals while shooting an amazing .618 (34-for-55) over the past 4 games.