Craig Tabbed A-Sun Player of the Year by Roundball Daily
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Torrey Craig (Great Falls, S.C.) has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference's Player of the Year by Roundball Daily. It is the sixth post-season honor for the second-year Spartan.
So far this post-season, Craig has earned Conference Player of the Year honors from the A-Sun (as voted upon by the league's head coaches) as well as College Insider, College Sports Madness and today's honor from Roundball Daily.
Craig, who led the A-Sun in scoring (16.4 ppg) and was second in rebounding (7.7 rpg), was a Honorable Mention AP All-American while picking up All-District honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
He finished his sophomore campaign with 28 double-digit scoring performances. He surpassed the 20-point plateau 12 times and tallied eight double-doubles. He reached the 30-point mark for the first time in his career with 30 points behind a career-high eight three-pointers in the Spartans' 87-74 win over Florida Gulf Coast (2/23/12).
Craig also hit a pair of game-winners this season. Against Jacksonville State (12/1/11), he sank a jumper in the paint with 18 seconds to play to give the Spartans a 50-48 victory over the Gamecocks. Against Belmont (1/21/12), Craig's put back with 0.7 seconds to play gave the Spartans a 79-78 victory, the first-ever over the Bruins.
In the Spartans' first postseason appearance of the D-I era, Craig tallied 17 points as Upstate cruised to a 75-58 win over Kent State (3/15/12) in the First Round of the College Insider Tournament.
Craig helped guide the Spartans to 21 wins in 2011-12, the most of the D-I era. The club became just the second team to post 20 or more wins in their season of full NCAA D-I eligibility after completing the five-year transition from D-II to D-I (North Dakota State, 26 wins, 2008-09). Upstate's 21 wins were a 16-win improvement from the 2010-11 campaign and the 16-win turnaround was the best in Division I this season.