The populous has spoken, determining the three (four, actually) Winthrop men’s basketball players that will represent the school in next week’s Imaginary All-Time Big South Conference Men’s Basketball 3-on-3 Tournament.
Over 800 votes were cast. The runaway recipient of the most votes was Tyson Waterman, the tough point guard that helped Gregg Marshall take Winthrop to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history -- and in Marshall’s first year -- back in 1999.
Waterman received 29 percent of the vote, while Torrell Martin, one of the standouts of Marshall’s team that beat Notre Dame in the 2007 NCAA Tournament for Winthrop’s lone win in the Big Dance, finished second with 12.17 percent. Walker, an early 2000’s standout, and Bradshaw, a classmate and co-star of Martin’s, tied for third, but both made the cut since each team includes a bench player.
Winthrop goes into the imaginary bracket as the No. 1 seed. The seeding -- based on each school’s all-time winning percentage in Big South Conference play -- looks like this:
1. Winthrop, 56.2 percent
2. UNC Asheville, 55.3 percent
3. Radford, 55 percent
4. High Point, 51 percent
5. Liberty, 50.5 percent
6. Gardner-Webb, 49.4 percent
7. Campbell, 46 percent
8. Charleston Southern, 45.1 percent
9. Presbyterian, 27.8 percent
10. Longwood, 23.3 percent
The bottom four seeds will open the tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 20 with two play-in games to join the rest of the bracket. The Campbell-Longwood and Charleston Southern-Presbyterian winners will face Winthrop and UNC Asheville, respectively.
Each game’s outcome will be voted on by fans, with one round each day. Check back with The Herald on Tuesday, Feb. 20 to commence voting.
Final vote tallies
Number of votes
Percentage of total vote
Tyrone Walker and Craig Bradshaw
Keon Moore and James Shuler