Men's Basketball - Fri, Mar. 2, 2012
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
Georgetown College's Will Carlton is the lone Tiger and
Mid-South Conference player to be named to the team announced Thursday by the
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,
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
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
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.