Paul Harrison, the 6-8 sophomore center on North Greenville University’s basketball team (Alpharetta, Ga.) who helped lead the Crusaders to within a jump shot of the NCCAA national tournament, was named the Player of the Year among all Independent Colleges and Universities in NCAA Division II.
Harrison was a First Team All-Indy All-American and averaged 22.4 points per game and 8.8 rebounds. He also shot 63.3% and blocked 39 shots.
Freshman Luke Lattimer (South Bend, Ind.) who averaged 12.5 points and 4.4 rebounds, and tossed in 57 3’s, was named to the All-Indy Freshman team.
For the NGU women’s team, graduate student Whitney Smith (Leeds, Ala.), was named an All-Indy First Team All-American. She averaged 11.9 points per game and 5.1 rebounds and was the scoring leader that got the Crusaders to the national NCCAA semi-finals.
Smith had 61 3’s and shot 44.9% from behind the arc. NGU finished fourth in the nation. Sophomore Karly Stache (Louisville, TN), who averaged a team best 12.6 points and fired in 73 three-pointers, was a Second Team selection.Freshman Krisceda Cotton (Gaston, SC/Swansea HS) was named to the All-Indy Freshman team. Cotton averaged 7.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in 25.3 minutes of play per game this season.