The Atlantic Sun has been the source of some mid-major NCAA Tournament upsets over the past decade. Liberty upset Mississippi State last season. However, the most memorable was Florida Gulf Coast’s Sweet 16 run in 2013. The Eagles are relatively new to the league but have made a splash. They are just one of the programs that have produced some stars recently.
Atlantic Sun 2010s All-Decade Team
Guard – Dallas Moore, North Florida
Dallas Moore played at North Florida from 2013-2017. He won back-to-back player of the year awards in 2016 and 2017, the only player in the conference to win twice last decade. He was an honorable mention on the AP All-American team in both of those seasons as well. Moore is the Ospreys all-time leading scorer and second all-time in A-Sun history. He also scored the most points by a Division I player over their career in the state of Florida.
Moore averaged 18.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists over his career. He is the only Atlantic Sun player to have at least 2,000 points, 500 assists, and 400 rebounds. He ranks first all-time in points produced, offensive win shares, and offensive rating in conference history. Moore helped the Ospreys win two regular-season titles and make one NCAA appearance. He is the most dominant player for the league this decade.
Guard – Brandon Goodwin, Florida Gulf Coast
Brandon Goodwin played at Florida Gulf Coast from 2016-18 after transferring from UCF. He was the league’s newcomer of the year in his first season and player of the year in his second. He was an AP All-American honorable mention in 2018. Goodwin sits in the top ten of five offensive categories at FGCU. He also holds the school’s record for points scored in a season.
Goodwin’s career saw him average 18.5 points, five rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. He was the only player in the A-Sun to be ranked in the conference’s top 12 in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. He helped the Eagles win two regular-season titles and make one NCAA Tournament appearance.
Guard – Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb
Garrison Mathews played for Lipscomb from 2015-2019. He was a three-time member of the conference’s first-team and the player of the year in 2019. That also earned him a spot as an honorable mention on the AP’s All-American team that season. He was the fastest player in the programs Division I history to reach 1,000 points.
Mathews averaged 18.5 points, five rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game for his career. He is the Atlantic Sun’s all-time leading scorer with 2,478 points. He is also first all-time in league history in made three-point field goals. Mathews helped Lipscomb win one regular-season championship and make one NCAA appearance. He also was a catalyst in helping the Bisons finish as the NIT runner-up a year ago.
Guard – Caleb Homesley, Liberty
Caleb Homesley played at Liberty from 2015-20, with the Flames being conference members since 2018. He won the most recent player of the year award for the 2019-20 season, the first in Liberty’s Atlantic Sun era. He was also a member of the conference’s first-team in both years as an A-Sun member.
Homesley averaged 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game in two seasons in the league. His 89.1 defensive rating is second all-time in league history. He was a big factor in the Flames sharing the regular-season title in both years of membership. They upset Mississippi State in last year’s tournament and were poised to participate this year before the tournament’s cancellation due to coronavirus.
Forward – Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
Torrey Craig played at USC Upstate from 2010-2014. He captured rookie of the year in 2011 and player of the year as a sophomore in 2012. He was a three-time member of the conference’s first-team.
For his career, Craig averaged 16.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He led the Atlantic Sun in scoring twice, only the second player in conference history to do that at the time. He sits fifth all-time in made field goals and points for the league. Craig is the best player the Spartans have had as a Division I member.
Guard – Brett Comer, Florida Gulf Coast
Brett Comer played for Florida Gulf Coast from 2011-15. He was a two-time member of the conference’s first-team. Comer’s game was all about passing the rock. He is the A-Sun’s all-time leader in assists, having 200 more than second place. At FGCU, he is second all-time in points as well as made field goals and free throws.
Comer averaged 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and an insane 6.2 assists per game. His 845 career assists also put him 20th on the NCAA’s career list. He assisted on 41.2 percent of his teammates’ baskets, best in league history and eighth-best in the NCAA. Comer was the guy that made FGCU’s offense run during their miraculous Sweet 16 run in 2013, averaging 10.3 assists in their three games. He was the man behind most of the passes that made “Dunk City” possible.
Guard – Ty Greene, USC Upstate
Ty Greene played for the Spartans from 2011-2015. He won rookie of the year in 2012 and the program’s second player of the year award in 2015. Greene worked with Torrey Craig as a one-two punch for three seasons together.
He averaged 14.7 points, three rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game for his career. In his senior, award-winning season, he led the A-Sun in points per game as well as made field goals, threes, and free throws. His 17.8 career win shares are best in league history. Greene and Craig led the Spartans to their first Division I postseason appearance, participating in the 2012 CIT.
Guard – Langston Hall, Mercer
Langston Hall played for Mercer from 2010-2014. He captured the player of the year award in his senior season while making two appearances on the league’s first-team. He led the A-Sun in assists for the 2013-14 season and sits second on the league’s all-time list behind Brett Comer.
For his career, Hall averaged 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. He sits in the league’s all-time top ten in offensive rating, points produced, and win shares. Hall helped the Bears win one league title and was a member of the squad that famously upset Duke.
Forward – Scottie James, Liberty
Scottie James joins Caleb Homesley as the other Flame to make the team. The Bradley transfer also made the conference’s first-team in both years as a member. His 66.5 percent shooting percentage last year is a single-season school record. Even more impressive was James’ 70 percent shooting on two-point field goals that year.
James averaged 11.7 points and eight rebounds in two seasons in the league. His 31.1 career player efficiency rating is tops in conference history. He also leads in rebounding percentage and defensive rating, while his career 126 offensive rating is ninth all-time in NCAA history. James was the other key piece in Liberty’s two-year dominance over the A-Sun.
Center – Rob Marberry, Lipscomb
Rob Marberry was the inside-out duo with Garrison Mathews at Lipscomb. The transfer from Western Kentucky made two appearances on the conference’s first-team. His 61.8 career shooting percentage is second in league history and top 25 in NCAA history.
Marberry averaged 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds for his career. He had the top offensive rating in the league for the 2018-19 season. He was the other key member of the Bisons’ teams that won one league title and played for an NIT title.