Guilford College sophomore Carson Long, a 2015 graduate of East Surry High School, earned a pair of honors during the school’s recently completed basketball season.
Long, a 6-4, 210-pound forward, enjoyed a breakout season in his second year with the program. He was named to the First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) squad and earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the ODAC Tournament, but even more accolades came after the season. He was named to the D3hoops.com All-South Region third team, and in mid-April, was named to the second-team All-State squad by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).
Long becomes the first Quaker to earn either of these honors since Matt McCarthy did it as a senior for the Quakers two seasons ago.
Long scored a club-best 14.2 points per game, ninth-best in the league. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds and a team-high 2.2 3-pointers per contest. He scored in double figures 23 times, including five 20-point games and a pair of 30-point outings. His career-high 32 points on 15-for-20 shooting led the Quakers over conference-rival Eastern Mennonite University, 94-88, November 30. Long’s three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation lifted Guilford to a road victory over ODAC-foe Washington and Lee University, 68-66. He had 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in a February 1 win over Randolph College for his first college double-double.
Coach Tom Palombo’s Quakers finished 24-6 overall and 13-3 in the conference and were ranked in the D3hoops.com national top 25 for virtually the entire season. Guilford advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Palombo expects as many as 14 letter winners back next fall, including Long.
Long played three seasons of varsity basketball and two of varsity baseball while at East Surry, earning All-Conference honors in both sports.