Back to back years, Atlantic Sun teams pulled out improbable NCAA Tournament victories that left the nation stunned and somewhat attracted to these Cinderella squads. Langston Hall, who led the Mercer Bears to a victory over Duke, along with USC Upstate's Torrey Craig took home some national awards. The latter might not have a shiny tournament win, and therefore wasn't as widely recognized, but still had a dang good career.
Langston Hall (Mercer Bears - 14.6 points, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals)
The senior leaves his Bears career as the Atlantic Sun record holder for career assists, while also scoring over 1,500 points. He led Mercer to a 27-9, and in addition to being named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and A-Sun Tournament MVP, he received these honors:
•Lou Henson Award - presented to the top mid-major player in college basketball.
•NABC College Star - competed for the East team in the All-Star game and tallied a game high 6 assists to add to his 2 points.
•Associated Press All American Honorable Mention - one of 39 players named to the list by AP.
Torrey Craig (USC Upstate Spartans - 16.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists)
Although the Spartans again fell short in the Atlantic Sun Tournament, Craig leaves Spartanburg ranked 2nd all time in points (2,128), good for 4th in the Atlantic Sun, and first in rebounds (944). He opened the season with 13 points to lead Upstate to a 64-63 win over Virginia Tech, and recorded the same point total in a win over South Carolina later in the year. A Four McGlynn buzzer beater drained their postseason hopes in the CIT, but before assuredly continuing his career on the court somewhere else, Craig was named:
•Lou Henson All American - top mid-major players in college basketball.
•First Team All Atlantic Sun - third year in a row Craig has been named to the A-Sun first team.