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Former Upstate Star Craig Gets Two-Year Deal With Nuggets

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Spartanburg, S.C. – Former USC Upstate men’s basketball standout Torrey Craig has signed a two-year contract with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets.

Craig, who played for the Spartans from 2010-14, shared time last year with both the Nuggets and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G-League as a two-way contract player. The Great Falls, S.C. native appeared in 39 games for the Nuggets in 2017-18 as a guard/forward and averaged 4.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while playing nearly 16 minutes per game. Playing 15 games in the G-League, Craig averaged close to a double-double at 22.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Craig joined Mike Gibson as the only players in USC Upstate history to play in an NBA game when he appeared against the Utah Jazz on November 28. The Nuggets just missed out on the playoffs last season finishing ninth in the Western Conference with a 46-36 overall record.

Having completed one of the greatest careers in USC Upstate history, Craig finished his career as a Spartan ranked second all-time in points scored (2,128), first in rebounds (944), fifth in blocked shots (101), 11th in steals (138), fourth in field goals made (747), first in three-point field goals (297) and third in free throws (338). 

He also played an instrumental role in helping USC Upstate earn victories over Virginia Tech and South Carolina, allowing it to post the school's first-ever wins over an opponent from the ACC and SEC. In addition, Craig was a catalyst in helping the Spartans reach the postseason in two of his four seasons, as the 2012 team earned a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament to become the first team in school history to reach the postseason during the Division I era.

Craig, a three-time ASUN First Team All-Conference selection, was named the ASUN Player of the Year in 2011-12 and Freshman of the Year in 2010-11.


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