Belmont University men’s basketball junior Craig Bradshaw
Bradshaw, who led Belmont to a seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years, electrified the Charlotte regional crowd and national television audience with his game-high 25-point performance against Atlantic Coast Conference Champion Virginia.
But with consistent play throughout the season, Bradshaw established himself as one of the top perimeter players in the nation.
The Ridgetop, Tenn. native ranked among NCAA leaders in scoring, three-point field goals per game, effective field goal percentage, and steals per game. Bradshaw also ranked among OVC leaders in eight statistical categories, including third in points per game (18.3).
Moreover, Bradshaw averaged 21.4 points per game over his final seven games, and has scored 1,172 points in his first three collegiate seasons.
In late November, the 6-3 guard scored 99 points in Bruin victories over Lipscomb, Denver and Ohio – including a Belmont NCAA era single-game record 42-point performance at the Bobcats that yielded multiple National Player of the Week honors.
In addition to being named National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) All-District, First Team All-OVC and OVC All-Tournament Team, Bradshaw reached the pinnacle of his sport academically.
Earlier this season, Bradshaw was named Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America.
This marks the third consecutive year that a Belmont student-athlete has been named TSWA Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, with Bradshaw joining J.J. Mann (2014) and Ian Clark (2013).