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St. Frances Star, All-American Chase Signs with Shuckers

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Two-Time All-American, Three-Time All-Pro, Hall of Famer, Brings Four Years Pro Experience

Severn, MD (October 9, 2012) – Gus Chase, who started making a name for himself on the courts of Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy before going on a basketball journey that would take him around the country while earning All-American honors twice, All-League honors three times as a professional, and even a Hall-of-Fame nod, will now be back in the Baltimore area as he continues his professional career with the Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL).

“Gus is another example of a great talent from Baltimore who has gone on to great things and now we’re happy to have him back in Baltimore to take his pro career to the next level,” noted Bay Area Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.

Gus started his collegiate career with Sheridan (Wyoming) College and left such a major impact on the Generals program, he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2012. Gus played for Sheridan in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and posted remarkable numbers, scoring over 1,000 points and grabbing more than 600 rebounds. For his efforts he was named All-Region and was selected to the NJCAA All-American team. In his final season with the Generals, as captain, he led Sheridan to a school-record 30 games, the Region 9 Tournament title for only the third time in school history, and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament.

After being named one of the Top 20 Junior College prospects, Gus then transferred to Division 1 Montana for one season where he played in 25 games. In 2007-2008 he transferred to Georgetown (Kentucky) College where he took his basketball skills to even greater heights and was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) First Team All-American, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-American and Basketball Times All-American. Chase led the 35-1 Tigers to the Fab Four semi-final round, while tallying 663 points (18.4 points per game) and 259 rebounds (7.2 rebounds per game) while shooting 56 percent from the field.

Chase made his professional debut in 2008 as a member of the starting five for Team Sofia in the Eurobasket Summer League in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was named to the All-League Team. He then was signed in July 2008 by the Kentucky Mavericks of the American Basketball Association (ABA) before participated in training camp for the East Kentucky Miners of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in September 2008. He then found a home with the Knoxville (Tennessee) Thunderbolts of the ABA. His perseverance paid off as he was named All-ABA for the 2008-2009 season.

In 2010 he again played in the Eurobasket Summer League, this time for Malaga, Spain before playing the 2010-2011 season with the Lake Michigan Admirals of the ABA. He again earned All-ABA honors by posting 21.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.13 assists, and 1.2 steals a game.

As a prep player for St. Frances Academy of Baltimore, he earned All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and All-Catholic League honors.

The Bay Area Shuckers are members of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) and are scheduled to tip-off their season in early November. For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.

 

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