Deginald Erskin (2002-03)
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Two-year letterwinner at power forward ... came to Texas as a walkon after transferring from the University of North Texas prior to the beginning of the fall 2000 semester ... sat out the 2000-01 campaign under NCAA transfer rules but did practice with the team ... earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2001-02 season ... made 23 consecutive starts at power forward to finish his junior year ... averaged a team-best 12.8 ppg during UT's five postseason contests as a junior (Big 12 & NCAA tourney) ... member of two NCAA Tournament teams (2002 & 2003).
As a Senior in 2002-03
Unquestioned team leader, both on and off the court ... played in 25 games, making four starts ... battled a left ankle injury for the second half of the season ... only averaged 6.7 minutes per contest since returning to the lineup at Colorado on Feb. 4 (span of 15 games) ... had 12 points (5-of-7 FG), including 10 in the second half, during the season-opening win against No. 16 Georgia (Nov. 15) ... posted a career-high 24 points (9-of-11 FG), including 22 in the second half, in the win against Seton Hall (Nov. 30) ... set career highs in points, rebounds (five), field goals made, free throws made (six) and minutes (29) during the victory against Seton Hall ... recorded eight points (4-of-8 FG) in 24 minutes against Notre Dame (Dec. 8) in the title game of the BB&T Classic ... registered nine points (2-of-3 FG, 5-of-6 FT) in 13 minutes during the home victory against McNeese State (Dec. 19) ... did not play against Louisiana Tech (Dec. 30) following the death of his mother on Dec. 28 ... suffered the ankle injury in practice on Jan. 2 and missed the next seven games ... grabbed four rebounds (three offensive) in just five minutes of work during the home win against No. 5 Oklahoma (Feb. 10) ... had 11 points (4-of-6 FG) in 15 minutes of action during the NCAA Second Round victory against Purdue (Mar. 23), marking his first double-digit scoring performance since Nov. 30.
As a Junior in 2001-02
Team's biggest surprise who took over the starting role at power forward following the season-ending injury to Chris Owens (Dec. 30) ... missed six games early in the season with a dislocated right shoulder ... appeared in 28 contests, making 23 consecutive starts to finish the season ... upped his offensive production dramatically during the postseason ... after averaging 6.6 ppg during the regular season, he averaged a team-best 12.8 ppg in Texas' five postseason games (Big 12 and NCAA Tournament) while hitting 30- of-46 (.652) field goals ... reached double figures in scoring 10 times, including four during the postseason ... led the team in FG percentage (.572) and ranked second in blocks (23) and fifth in scoring (7.7 ppg) ... his FG percentage tied for ninth on the school's single-season list ... averaged 8.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg in Big 12 play ... scored six points (3-of- 5 FG) in 18 minutes vs. Oregon State (Nov. 22) ... registered his first double-figure scoring output with 13 points (4-of-7 FG) vs. Baylor (Jan. 12) ... also pulled down a season-high eight boards vs. the Bears in that contest ... was 6-of-8 from the field for 14 points vs. Texas A&M (Jan. 23) ... recorded 15 points (7-of-10 FG) at Baylor (Jan. 26) ... contributed 10 points and four rebounds at Kansas State (Jan. 30) ... hit 6-of-11 FG for 16 points vs. Colorado (Feb. 9) ... posted a career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting and added seven rebounds at Missouri (Feb. 17) ... scored eight points and grabbed six boards vs. Texas Tech (Feb. 26) ... one of UT's top performers at the Big 12 Tournament, averaging a team-best 12.5 ppg while hitting 11-of-17 (.647) field goals during the two contests ... had 15 points on 7-of-9 FG in the quarterfinal win vs. Missouri (Mar. 8) ... established a school Big 12 tourney singlegame record for FG percentage (.778, 7-of-9) during the Missouri game ... posted 10 points on 4-of-8 FG in the semifinal loss vs. #4 Oklahoma (Mar. 9) ... averaged a team-best 16.5 ppg while hitting 16-of-21 (.762) field goals during UT's first two games in the NCAA Tournament ... recorded 16 points (8-of-12 FG) and three blocks in 27 minutes vs. Boston College (Mar. 15) ... posted a game-high 17 points (8-of-9 FG) in a career-high 31 minutes vs. #17 Mississippi State (Mar. 17).
As a Sophomore at North Texas in 1999-2000
Second-team All- Big West Conference selection ... ranked second on the team in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (5.2 rpg), steals (32) and minutes played (31.9 mpg) ... tied for the team lead with 17 blocked shots ... played in 26 of UNT's 27 games, making 23 starts ... reached the 20-point plateau in 15 games, including the last four to conclude the season, and recorded three double-doubles ... tallied a season-high 30 points and 10 rebounds vs. Idaho (Feb. 12) ... totaled 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Nevada (Feb. 24), and recorded 28 points and 13 rebounds at UC-Irvine (Mar. 4) ... posted 19.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in conference action ... North Texas registered a 7-20 overall record (5-11 Big West).
As a Freshman at North Texas in 1998-99
Big West Conference All-Freshman team choice ... led the team in scoring (12.3 ppg), blocks (22) and steals (34) ... became the first freshman to lead North Texas in scoring since Kenneth Lyons in 1979-80 ... reached double-figures in scoring in each of the last 10 games of the season and 16 overall ... averaged 14.8 ppg and shot 53% from the floor, 50% from three-point range and 75% from the free throw line ... recorded a career-high seven blocked shots to go along with seven boards vs. Arkansas (Dec. 30) ... had an eye-opening 75 points in the final two games of the year ... posted a career-high 40 points on 16-of-22 shooting, six rebounds and five steals vs. Nevada (Feb. 25) ... registered 35 points on 13-of- 17 shooting, four boards and five thefts vs. Utah State (Feb. 27) ... earned Big West Conference Player of the Week honors for his play in those two games.
Gonzales High School in Gonzales, Texas (head coach Vic Salazar) ... four-year starter ... second-team Class 4A all-state pick by the Texas Sports Writers Association during his senior season ... ranked as the #13 player in the state by the Austin American- Statesman coming out of high school ... averaged 23.4 points, 16.0 rebounds, 4.2 steals, 3.7 assists and 2.1 blocks per game as a senior, leading the team to a 22-8 overall record ... four-time All-District 28- 4A selection ... also was a receiver on the football team, catching 28 passes for 435 yards and returning two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior.
Full name is Deginald Trey Erskin ... son of Elroy Steen, Jr. and Marie Erskin ... father was a three-year football letterman at Texas A&M (1977-79) ... cousin of former Texas basketball player Kris Clack (1996-99) ... born September 19, 1979 in Gonzales, Texas ... majoring in kinesiology.