Friday, February 17, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Despite being just a sophomore, USC Upstate men’s basketball forward Torrey Craig (Great Falls, S.C.) picked up a significant honor Friday as he was named one of 25 finalists for the Lou Henson award.
The Lou Henson award is given annually to the nation’s best Mid-Major player. Craig is the only Atlantic Sun Conference player to make the final cut and with the help of Spartan fans, the second-year Spartan can bring home the hardware. With assistance of www.Point3Basketball.com, fan voting will count for 33% for the award that will be given on March 30 in New Orleans, the site of the 2012 NCAA Final Four.
Craig currently leads the A-Sun in scoring (17.2 ppg), second in rebounding (7.8 rpg), second in defensive rebounds (5.3 drpg), seventh in three-point field goals made per game (2.3 pg), seventh in offensive rebounds (2.5 orpg) eighth in blocked shots (1.1 bpg), 13th in free throw percentage (.648), 14th in steals (1.3 spg).
In league-only games, Craig leads the way in scoring (17.1 ppg), rebounding (8.8 rpg) and defensive rebounds (5.8 drpg).
Craig helped the Spartans punch their ticket to the squad’s first-ever A-Sun Tournament berth with a 70-66 win over Jacksonville (2/11). Upstate currently sits 17-10 overall and 10-4 in league play, good enough for third-place with four games to play in the regular-season.
In 2011-12, Craig has 25 double-figure scoring performances including 10 20-plus-point contests (four straight from 12/1 to 12/14). He has eight double-doubles on the year and is on pace to surpass the 1,000-point plateau this season.
The complete list of Lou Henson award finalists includes: Julian Boyd (Long Island), Isaiah Cannon (Murray State), Torrey Craig (USC Upstate), Matthew Dellavedova (St. Mary’s), Laron Dendy (Middle Tennessee), Shane Gibson (Sacred Heart), Michael Glover (Iona), Reggie Hamilton (Oakland), Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara), Jarrod Jones (Ball State), Damian Lillard (Weber State), Scott Machado (Iona), C.J. McCollum (Lehigh), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Tony Mitchell (North Texas), Dominique Morrison (Oral Roberts), Kevin Murphy (Tennessee Tech), Mike Muscala (Bucknell), Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State), Lamarcus Reed (UT-Arlington), Zack Rosen (Penn), Gerardo Suero (Albany), Casper Ware (Long Beach State), Kyle Weems (Missouri State) and Nate Wolters (South Dakota State).