Ed Isaacson of NBA Draft Blog recently spoke with Torrey Craig on finishing his career at USC Upstate and preparing for his first season in professional basketball.
Below is an outtake from their discussion along with a link to the full interview...
(Torrey) Craig has been an integral part of the Spartans’ program for the past 4 seasons. His freshman season, he finished the year averaging over 14 points, grabbing over 7 rebounds, and 1 steal per game. He showed improvement each year after that, and he finished his career by putting up his best all-around season. Craig finished his senior year with almost 17 points and over 7 rebounds per game, while also adding over 2 assists per game. Against a Tennessee team which went to the Sweet 16, Craig scored 20 points on 7 of 15 shooting, while also grabbing 7 rebounds. In 3 games this season against Mercer, who beat Duke in the NCAA Tournament, Craig averaged over 22 points per game, including 11 of 23 from three-point range.
The four seasons at USC-Upstate did a lot to make Craig a better player.
“I matured a lot and became more of a team player,” said Craig. “When I first got to college, I wasn’t much of a team player, but learning how to handle adversity forced me to change.” Craig’s game also matured over the four years in college. “My ability to hit the mid-range jumper really came along, and I dramatically improved guarding the ball.”
Read the full interview on NBA Draft Blog here
In this Scorers 1st series, we will be meeting the new additions to our agency who have joined after finishing their respective college careers and as they prepare to make the jump from campus to the pros.
This week we get to know Brandyn Curry of Harvard University. Curry -- a Senior co-captain who ranks fifth all-time on the school's assist list with 489 assists -- was an integral part for head coach Tommy Amaker’s squad who captured the Ivy League championship this season and made a prominent run in the NCAA Tournament by going 27-5 overall during 2013-14.
Give us the scouting report on Brandyn Curry. How would you best describe yourself as a player?
I think the best way to describe myself as a player is just simply as a playmaker. Whether it is setting my teammates up, locking down a key player or having to handle the scoring load, I pride myself on being a complete player who can do it all. I love the challenge of guarding the opposing teams best player. No greater feeling than shutting someone down. Offensively, I am very comfortable with having the ball in my hands a lot and making the right decision. I love the pick and roll. We used it all the time in our offense. Playing both the point guard and shooting guard position for Harvard has highlighted my passing and scoring capabilities. While at times I was more of pass first point guard early on in my college career, this past year I was more of a scorer at the shooting guard position. Whatever it is that my team needs most out of me I am confident I can deliver.
Everyone at Scorers 1st is proud to announce the addition of Bill Clark to our agency.
Clark arrives after an accomplished college career at Duquesne University and professional experiencing ranging from Turkey, to France, Cyprus and the Ukraine, where he averaged 11 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 14 games during the 2013-14 season.
The 6-foot-5, 210 pound swingman was also a featured player at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and in NBA pre-draft workouts with the Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies.
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