|# 11 Gary Ervin|
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A key in head coach John Pelphrey’s new system at Arkansas, Ervin sat out the 2006 season after transferring from Mississippi State, but started 29 of 35 games last year. His 169 assists are the most for a Razorback since Kareem Reid had 181 in 1999. Ervin’s 4.83 assists average is also Arkansas’ best since Reid averaged 5.32 in ’99. He helped Arkansas distribute 521 assists on the season, which is the 10th-best season total in school history.
He was No. 8 on the CollegeHoops.net list of “Impact Transfers,” and didn’t disappoint after finishing fifth in the SEC in assists (4.83), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.69) and 15th in minutes played (31.89). He also averaged 9.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 46.2 percent from the field (117-253) and finishing second on the team in three-point percentage (.370, 34-92).
In SEC play, he was third on the team with 10.8 points per game while adding 3.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists, which ranked second in the league.
He led the team in scoring six times and in assists 24 times, and was in double-figures scoring 15 times.
In six games in March, he averaged 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. In 16 games at home, he averaged 10.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and 75 percent at the line. In seven games against ranked teams, he averaged 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists, and shot 81.8 percent at the line.
Ervin earned SEC Player of the Week honors twice during the season, becoming the first multi-week winner for Arkansas since Jannero Pargo earned the honor twice in 2002. Ervin won his awards on Jan. 8 and March 5. The first time, he had 18 points and 11 assists against No. 8 Alabama for his first double-double at Arkansas. He also had six rebounds and three steals while making 7-of-8 shots. In the previous game, he had 14 points, six assists and two steals with no turnovers against Tulsa for weekly averages of 16.0 points, 8.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals with just one turnover in 68 minutes. He was 12-of-17 shooting (.706) and 6-of-7 at the line (.857).
His second honor came after setting career scoring highs in consecutive games. Against Mississippi State, he had 20 points, made 6-of-12 shots, was 6-of-7 at the line, had a game-high seven assists and added six rebounds. In the win at No. 19 Vanderbilt, he had a game-high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting, five rebounds and a game-high tying four assists. His weekly averages were 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steal while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor (12-22) and 86.7 percent at the line (13-15).
In the season-opener against Southeast Missouri (11/10), his first game in two years, he had eight points, two rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes. Against Stephen F. Austin (11/18), he made 4-of-6 shots, and had 12 points and five assists.
Against the tough defense of Southern Illinois (11/23) in the Old Spice Classic, he had seven turnovers, but he also had 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, a game-high nine rebounds and five assists. In the semifinal win over Marist (11/24), he had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. In the championship game victory over West Virginia (11/26), he had eight points, four rebounds and seven assists.
He came off the bench against UMKC (12/2) and had good numbers with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. In the win over Oakland (12/14), he had nine points, eight assists and three steals with only one turnover.
At No. 2 Florida (1/9), he had 11 points, five rebounds, nine assists and a steal with just one turnover in 39 minutes.
He had six assists at Ole Miss (1/13), along with eight points, four rebounds and four steals, but turned the ball over seven times. He was 4-of-7 shooting, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists against Georgia (1/17).
In the win over No. 16 LSU (1/20), he came off the bench but had 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals. In the win at No. 12 Alabama (1/27), Ervin had eight points, six rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes. In the win over Auburn (2/7), he missed both shot attempts in the first half, but was 7-of-11 in the second half, finishing with 18 points. He had another big second half in the next game at LSU (2/10). After going scoreless with no shot attempts in the first half, he was 6-of-8 in the second, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Ervin came off the bench in the win over Ole Miss (2/17), and had a game-high eight assists with three turnovers along with seven points.
In the SEC Tournament opener against South Carolina (3/8), he was 7-of-9 shooting, finishing with a game-high tying 16 points along with five assists and two rebounds with no turnovers. In the quarterfinals against Vanderbilt (3/9), his driving jumper in the lane with 11 seconds left was the game-winner. He finished with six points, six rebounds and three assists. In the semifinals against Mississippi State (3/10), he was 7-of-13 shooting, and finished with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists.
In the NCAA Tournament against Southern California (3/16), he had just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting, but led the team with seven rebounds.
Ervin sat out the 2006 season after transferring from Mississippi State. In his only game action of the year, he had four points and a game-high 10 assists in UA’s Red-White Game.
At Mississippi State:
As a sophomore in 2005, he started 33 of 34 games with averages of 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals. He was third in the Southeastern Conference in assists and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58:1). He shot 38.3 percent from the floor (88-230), 23.3 percent on three-pointers (10-43) and 69.5 percent at the line (66-95).
He had 14 assists against Florida A&M and 10 against Jacksonville State, becoming the first Bulldog to record 10 or more in consecutive games since Chuck Evans in 1993. He also recorded a pair of double-doubles with 11 points and 10 assists against JSU, and 15 points and 11 assists against Ole Miss.
Prior to the season, he was named the SEC’s best penetrator by Street & Smith’s, the SEC’s player on the rise by The Sporting News and one of the top 10 breakout players in the nation by FOX
He helped MSU go 23-11 and reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
As a freshman, he averaged 5.4 points, 2.5 assists, 1.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal while coming off the bench in 30 contests. An SEC All-Freshman pick, he helped MSU go 26-4, win the SEC regular season title and reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
He shot 43.0 percent from the floor (55-128), 32.1 percent on threes (9-28) and 65.7 percent at the line (44-67).
In High School:
He prepped at Robeson High in Brooklyn but went to Notre Dame Prep in 2003 where he helped Bill Barton’s team go 30-9 with a national top eight finish and a pair of tournament titles – the Maine Central Institute Classic and the War on the Shore Tournament. Ervin averaged 17.0 points and 7.0 assists for the year, but was named the MVP of the MCI Classic after averaging 23.5 points. His team’s MVP and a co-captain, he had highs of 41 points and 16 assists, and was a finalist for the McDonald’s All-American Game. He had 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals while starting alongside LeBron James in the Jordan Capital Classic in Washington D.C.
At Robeson, he led Larry Major’s team to the finals of the Public Schools Athletic League ‘A’ boys basketball championship as both a junior and senior. His teams were 27-2 in 2001 and 29-4 in 2002. He averaged 30.0 points and 10.0 assists as a senior in earning Newsday All-City Player of the Year honors. He had a high of 56 points against Canarsie High, including 30 points in the final 4:46. He scored a game-high 22 points for the New York all-stars in the 2002 Wendy’s All-Star Shootout at Chicago and was MVP (19 points, seven assists) of the 2002 Wheelchair Basketball Classic at Long Island University. As a junior, he averaged 16.0 points and 9.0 assists in earning all-city honors from Newsday. He played AAU for Riverside Church, earning several all-tournament and MVP awards and helping his team win titles at the Rumble in the Bronx, Sabes Foundation Invitational and CYP Tournament during the summer of 2002.
Born Aug. 9, 1983, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he is the son of Gary Ervin Sr. and Mary Harris. He is majoring in sociology.
2006-07 SEASON HIGHS
Points: 21, VU (3/3)
FG Attempts: 13,
FG Made: 7,
3 Pt FGA: 6, MSU (2/28)
3 Pt FGM: 2, SFA (11/18), MC (11/24), WVU (11/26), Texas (12/10), LTU (12/30), Ala (1/6), Aub (2/7),
LSU (2/10), MSU (2/28), VU (3/3), USC (3/8),
FT Attempts: 8, MU (11/30), VU (3/3)
FT Made: 7, VU (3/3)
Off. Rebounds: 4,
Def. Rebounds: 8, SIU (11/23)
Total Rebounds: 9, SIU (11/23)
Blocks: 1, MU (11/30), ORU (12/22),