Friday, March 2, 2012

High Point, NC – North Greenville University’s Paul Harrison continues to build on his milestone senior season as he was honored as 2nd Team All-Conference for Conference Carolinas.

The Crusaders’ inaugural season in the conference was not a successful one record wise as the team finished with a 12-15 overall record and a 5-11 conference record, good enough to finish fourth in the Western Division and ninth overall in the standings. North Greenville was also a part of the conference tournament, losing to Queens University of Charlotte 83-73 in the first round of competition.

As an individual, Harrison was the team’s most consistent performer as he was the only player in the conference to average a double-double with 17.9 points per game, ranking him sixth in the conference, and a conference-high 10.4 rebounds per game. The 6’8" forward also led the conference with 2.1 blocks per game in 27 games played.

Men’s Player of the Year
Craig Hayes, Mount Olive

After having to sit out all of last year with a preseason injury, Craig Hayes had the best season of his collegiate career as he helped Mount Olive to its seventh 20-win season in the last nine years. Hayes leads the conference and ranks 14th in the nation with a 60.4 percent field goal percentage. He’s also second in the conference in scoring (18.8 ppg), tied for sixth in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and third in three-point field goal percentage (43.5 percent). Hayes is the only player ranked in the top six in the conference in those four categories.

Men’s Freshman of the Year
Logan Lyle, King

Lyle began and ended his freshman campaign strong, starting the year with five double-digit scoring efforts and finishing the season with eight additional 10-plus point games in his last nine starts. The Unicoi, Tenn., native shot north of 40 percent from the field and three-point range through 29 games this season and was the team's third leading scorer with 399 points, averaging 13.8 per game this season while leading the team with nine blocks.

Men’s Coach of the Year
George Pitts, King

Head Coach George Pitts led the 2011-12 Tornado team to the Conference Carolinas Western Division Regular Season title.  In their first year in the league King started strong by posting the conference’s best regular season record going 14-2 in league play.  The Tornado continue to win consistently building their fifth of sixth 20+ win seasons under Pitts as they are currently 23-6 overall this year.

Men’s All-Conference 1st-Team
Craig Hayes, Mount Olive
Daniel Bailey, Queens
Brian Hewitt, King
Tyshawn Good, Belmont Abbey
Gerald Boston, Barton

Men’s All-Conference 2nd-Team
Paul Harrison, North Greenville
Eddie Piccinini, King
Corey Sorrell, Erskine
Derek Staton, Mount Olive
Reggie Hollinger, Pfeiffer

Men’s All-Conference 3rd Team
Danny Smith, Pfeiffer
Antonio Stabler, Queens
Sharod Williams, Coker
Andrew Morris, Coker
Jeremiah Henry, Lees-McRae

Men’s Eastern Division Regular Season Champions
Queens University of Charlotte

Men’s Western Division Regular Season Champions
King College