University of South Carolina Upstate basketball player Ty Greene was honored on Wednesday, May 6 by the South Carolina Legislature.
Members of the South Carolina General Assembly presented Greene with a joint resolution as recognition for his recent award as the Lou Henson National Mid-Major Player of the Year and for his outstanding season at USC Upstate.
Greene said it was a moment he will always remember.
“I give God all the glory for an amazing four years at USC Upstate,” Greene said. “As a political science major, it was even more special for me to be recognized on the Senate floor and in front of politicians from all over the state.”
The Knoxville, Tenn., native who graduated from USC Upstate on Tuesday led USC Upstate to a single-season school record for wins during the Division I era with 24. Greene and the Spartans finished the regular season third in the Atlantic Sun Conference and reached the finals of the A-Sun Tournament for the first time in school history. In fact, Greene hit the game-winning free throws in the final seconds of the semifinals at Florida Gulf Coast to help the Spartans snap a six-game losing streak to the Eagles and put Upstate in position for an opportunity to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. The Spartans would ultimately fall in the finals against top-seeded North Florida, but Upstate would go on to accept an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament for the third time in the past four seasons.
“Ty exemplifies everything that is good about today’s youth in America, college athletics and student athletes,” said Eddie Payne, head coach of the USC Upstate men’s basketball team. He represents each of those things in exemplary fashion.”
Individually, Greene finished the season first in the A-Sun and 11th in the NCAA in scoring with 20.3 points per game, leading the conference with 21 games of at least 20 points. He delivered seven straight 20-point games towards the end of the season to become the first A-Sun player to accomplish that feat since the 2009-10 season.
Greene ended the season with 709 points to become only the third player in school history and fifth in league history with 700 points in a season. In addition, his 709 points are the seventh-most in the NCAA this season. Greene, who was selected as the 2015 A-Sun Player of the Year, also featured two 30-point games, which included the third-highest scoring output in school history when he poured in a career-high 39 points Jan. 31 at North Florida.
An Associated Press All-America honorable mention, Greene led the A-Sun with 2.9 three-pointers per game and set a career-high with eight against North Florida. He finished the season with 103 triples to set a single-season school record while becoming only the ninth player in A-Sun history with 100 three-pointers in a season.
Along with all of his numbers on offense, Greene also proved to be one of the top defenders in the league. In fact, he led the A-Sun and ranks 18th in the nation with 2.1 steals per game. His 74 steals rank 15th in the NCAA and are the 10th-most in a single season in school history.
In addition to being named the Lou Henson National Player of the Year and the 2015 A-Sun Player of the Year, Greene was tabbed a CollegeInsider.com All-American, a National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All-District 3 first team selection, an All-Atlantic Sun first team member and a four-time A-Sun Player of the Week recipient during the course of the season.