Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with South Carolina Upstate SF Torrey Craig about trying to lead his conference in scoring for the 3rd year in a row.
You are the second player in Atlantic Sun history to lead the league in scoring in consecutive seasons. Do you think you can make it three in a row? I am just going to continue to play hard and do whatever I can to help my team. If that results in me being the leading scorer, so be it.
You return all five starters from last year: how big a factor do you think your team’s experience will be this season? It will be a huge factor: we all know what we need to know and have been through every possible situation. Our chemistry is good so we know what we are getting into and the goals we want to achieve.
Your non-conference schedule includes games against Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Cincinnati, and South Carolina. Which of these four games do you feel will present your biggest test? Tennessee is very talented on the wing and has a good big man, so they will be a challenge for us. All of those schools will play hard so we look forward to the challenge.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? Hopefully we can win our first conference title and advance to the NCAA tourney: that is our main goal and we are working hard to achieve it.
In 2011 you played in all 30 games and were named conference Freshman of the Year after averaging 14.4 points-per-game. How were you able to come in and contribute right from the start? I felt like I had a point to prove as I made the transition from high school to college and wanted to show the coaches that I was ready to play after working on my game.
In 2012 you were named conference POY. What did it mean to you to win such an outstanding individual honor? It was a good honor, but I was more impressed with the turnaround we were able to make from my freshman year.
Last December you scored a career-high 31 points in a win over UTSA. Was it just one of those scenarios where every shot you put up seemed to go in because you were “in the zone”? I was just taking what the defense gave me. I remember that game well: I posted up a lot and made a lot of free throws.
In the 2013 CIT you scored 20 points in an eight-point loss to Mercer. What did you learn from that loss that you think can help you this year? We competed well and gave them all we could handle. If we continue to compete and learn how to finish games, we will be better this year.