CSS doesn't just hand out trophies to anyone, you've got to really ball to get one of these bad boys. Take a look at who we felt deserved recognition from Thursday's college basketball action around the South.
I don't usually set up this post because, quite frankly, it doesn't need any explanation. However, I wanted to point out that there are three players on today's list from UNC schools, and only one of them plays for the Tar Heels. In fact, of the six game balls I handed out, four go to North Carolina schools.
I guess there is more basketball in the state of North Carolina than just on Tobacco Road.
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina - The Tar Heels didn't just beat the Wolfpack, the seventh-ranked boys in blue beat down their rivals from Raleigh. Senior forward Tyler Zeller led North Carolina with 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
J.P. Primm, UNC-Asheville - Senior guard J.P. Primm poured in 30 points Thursday, leading five Bulldogs who reached double digits. He also registered a season-high five steals and moved into UNC-Asheville's top spot historically. He now sits atop the school's all-time steals list.
Darrell Armstrong, UNC-Greensboro - The Spartans have won five straight and junior guard Darrell Armstrong is a big reason why UNC-Greensboro is playing well right now. He scored 27 on Thursday and grabbed eight rebounds. Over his last three games Armstrong has scored 29, 27, and 27 points, respectively.
Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech - When you hit four 3-pointers and go 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, you're bound to have a decent game. Senior guard Kevin Murphy finished with 34 points to lead Tennessee Tech past Eastern Kentucky.
Jack Isenbarger, Elon - Sophomore guard Jack Isenbarger hit five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 26 points in Thursday's win over Western Carolina. Isenbarger has responded to being elevated into a starting role, scoring 15, 19, and then 26 points in his three games since becoming a starter.
Anthony Raffa, Coastal Carolina - Nailing two free throws with 16 seconds left to give his team the win over Presbyterian was likely junior guard Anthony Raffa's shining moment from Thursday night. But he also led his team with 19 points, moved into Coastal Carolina's 1,000-point club, and grabbed eight rebounds. If that doesn't earn a game ball, I'm not sure what does.