March 27, 2008
CollegeHoops.Net Mid-Major All-America Teams
ANNAPOLIS, Md. --
Navy senior guard Greg Sprink
has been named a Mid-Major All-American by the CollegeHoopsNet.com, the website announced today. Sprink is one of 32 players named on five teams (four teams, plus honorable mention), and is the lone Patriot League representative. Davidson's Stephen Curry was selected as the Mid-Major Player of the Year.
Sprink, a 6-5, 220-pound senior guard from Cardiff by the Sea, Calif., was the Patriot League's leading scorer with a 21.8 ppg average in all games played and a 23.5 ppg average in the 14 league games. He became the first Patriot League player to average 20.0 ppg in a season since 1998 and the first Navy player to do so since Erik Harris (20.0 ppg) in 1991. In addition, Sprink was second in rebounding (6.3 rpg), second in free throw percentage (.858) and eighth in assists (2.9 apg) in the Patriot League. He finished fourth on the Navy single-season scoring chart (653 points) behind just David Robinson (1985, 1986 and 1987), and made 199 free throws this year, ranking third on the Navy single-season chart and sixth nationally in that category. Sprink made a habit of posting big games during the year, with four double-doubles and five 30-point performances, including a pair against regular-season champion American. He scored 36 points in Navy's 77-66 win over the Eagles on Jan. 30, then tallied 34 points with seven assists in a 83-68 win over American on Feb. 27. He scored a career-high 37 points in the Mids' Patriot League Tournament loss to Bucknell, setting the school record for most points in a Patriot League Tournament game. He scored in double-figures in 28-of-30 games this year, and had 17 20-point games.
Sprink finisher his career third in scoring (1,785 points) and is the school's all-time leader in three-point field goals (237). From behind the arc, he posted three of the top seven single-season three-pointers made totals, including a career-high 76 this past year to rank second on the list. An outstanding free throw shooter, Sprink had a career percentage of .843, good for second place on the career list and he owns three of the top six single-season free throw percentage marks, including an .858 percentage this past winter. He also ranks 10th in career assists (254) and 11th in career rebounds (592). Sprink is one of three Patriot League players to score 1,500 points, grab 500 rebounds and dish out 200 assists in a career.
Sprink led the Mids to a 16-14 record this past winter and a second-place finish in the Patriot League regular-season standings with a 9-5 mark. The Mids were picked seventh in the Patriot League preseason poll. For his efforts, he was named the Patriot League Player of the Year, Navy's first in school history, and a first-team All-Patriot League selection, one year after being named to the second team. He led the league in scoring in each of the last two years.
The first team consisted of Davidson's Stephen Curry, Butler's Mike Green, Western Kentucky's Courtney Lee, High Point's Arizona Reid and Rider's Jason Thompson.
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