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The 2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship marks the 75th Anniversary of the longest continuous national basketball tournament in any sport in the country. To commemorate this celebration of basketball, the NAIA has announced the 75 members on the 75th Anniversary All-Star Team. This team is comprised of 60 athletes and 15 coaches.
Georgetown College's Will Carlton is the lone Tiger and Mid-South Conference player to be named to the team announced Thursday by the NAIA.
Carlton helped Georgetown to the 1998 national championship and was the tournament MVP that year. While at Georgetown, Carlton was a three-time NAIA All-American and All-MSC First Team (1997-98, 98-99, 99-00).
His 2,197 points is seventh all-time on the Tiger list. He is second all-time in blocks (103), fourth in rebounds (1,170) and ninth in steals (158).
His 51 points against Ohio Southern, tying Andy Williams for the most scored in a game by a Georgetown player. He also had 49 points his senior year against Miami-Hamilton to be third on the list of most points scored. He connected on 20 shots that game for the second most shots made by a Tiger. He had 18 in his 51 point effort against Ohio Southern. The center's 15-of-17 effort from the field against Purdue-Calumet is the ninth best all-time at Georgetown.
A special committee of current and former coaches, tournament staff, dedicated media and long-time supporters was created to help with the selection process. After fans voted on a web site ballot, this committee followed several criteria to select the 75th Anniversary All-Star Team. Criteria included and in no particular order: performance at a national tournament, game statistics, involvement in a national championship-winning team; status on All-Tournament Team and/or Tournament MVP.
The NAIA is proud of its 75-year history and the advancement of character-driven intercollegiate athletics. From the origins in 1937 when Central Missouri State Teacher's College (now University of Central Missouri) won the first title game to the creation of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1952, the NAIA has evolved into a membership-driven association. Icons such as John Wooden, Dr. James Naismith, Emil Liston, Travis Grant and Terry Porter have all been an integral part of our history.
The National Championship will play out March 14 - 20 from downtown Kansas City, Mo. The tournament is a single-elimination format with 32 teams playing up to five games in six days for a chance at the prized Naismith trophy. The announcement of the championship bracket will occur on March 7 at 6 p.m. CST and will be posted on NAIA.org.