Vote the Spartans for A-Sun Preseason Awards

Contact: David Beall,

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Atlantic Sun Conference wants to hear the fan's voice for the 2012 preseason men's basketball awards and USC Upstate's Mario Blessing and Torrey Craig are on the ballot.

All voting will take place on the official Facebook page of the Atlantic Sun Conference, so cast your vote today for Blessing as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Craig as the Preseason Player of the Year.

Fans can also vote the preseason favorite to capture the men's basketball championship. The Spartans finished second in the league a year ago and return all five starters from the 2011-12 campaign.

The winners of the fan polls will be included in the Preseason All-Conference Release on Thursday, Oct. 18. The deadline to vote is Thursday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.

Preseason Poll Voting  |  Defensive Player of the Year Voting  |  Player of the Year Voting

Preseason Player of the Year Nominees:
• Sherwood Brown, FGCU
• Glenn Powell, Jacksonville
• Markeith Cummings, Kennesaw State
• Langston Hall, Mercer 
• Parker Smith, North Florida
Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
• Adam Pegg, Stetson

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Nominees:
• Sheldon Cooley, ETSU 
• Bernard Thompson, FGCU 
• Glenn Powell, Jacksonville
• Daniel Coursey, Mercer 
Mario Blessing, USC Upstate 

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