Daytona Beach, Fla. – Former USC Upstate men’s basketball shooting guard Ty Greene added another award to his prestigious career when the Atlantic Sun Conference announced its 2015 Winners for Life Team on Wednesday at its annual spring meetings.
The 2015 Winners for Life Team also includes Sarah Means (FGCU), Sammie Strausbaugh (Jacksonville), Jimmy Beck (KSU), Lauren Ford (Lipscomb), Lanie Keating (North Florida), Kaitlyn Gerrety (Northern Kentucky) and Jama Sharp (Stetson).
Comprised of one student-athlete from every school in the conference, the Winners for Life Team recognizes those who best represent the A-Sun commitment to Building Winners for Life as stated in the A-Sun Vision Statement. These individuals maintain the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement, represent a true balance between student and athlete, exhibit/promote sportsmanship in the competitive experience and exhibit leadership through community service.
An active member in the community during all four years at Upstate, Greene participated in numerous community service projects throughout the southeast and even abroad. He served as the President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Upstate and was an active member on the Upstate Student Athlete Advisor Committee.
Greene also participated as a leader of Impact Weekend at a local church in Spartanburg and devoted countless hours of service at local food banks. In addition, Greene dedicated his time at the Boys and Girls Club and also helped the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry.
Along with all of his work inside the United States, Greene participated in two different mission trips to Southeast Asia.
On the court, Greene turned in one of the best seasons in school history on his way to winning the Lou Henson National Mid-Major Player of the Year Award. Greene led USC Upstate to a single-season school record for wins during the Division I era with 24, which included victories over Georgia Tech and Mississippi State to make it back-to-back seasons with wins over the ACC and SEC.
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. The Knoxville, Tenn., native 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 Atlantic 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 offensive numbers, Greene also proved to be one of the top defenders in the league. In fact, Greene 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.
Greene turned in five games with at least four steals and registered a career-high six Dec. 17 at Memphis. His performance on the defensive end helped the Spartans lead the A-Sun in steals for the length of the season and rank 23rd in the nation with 7.9 per game.
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.
Greene recently graduated from USC Upstate with a 3.10 grade point average and a degree in political science.