Crile on All-Southeast First Team
Fairfield head coach Tyler Miklo was thrilled for Carson Crile.
The 6-foot-4 Trojan sophomore earned 2017 Southeast Conference First-Team honors.
Miklo was even more thrilled with Crile’s reaction.
“Carson was happy with the honor, of course,” Miklo said. “I was thrilled for him, too. But I was extremely happy that Carson is not satisfied. Now that he has earned all-conference, he wants to take things up a notch and earn all-state. He likes the challenge.”
With Crile leading the way in 2016-17, averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds per game, Fairfield was 4-4 in conference action.
“Making First-Team All-Conference is a reflection of all the hard work Carson put in,” Miklo said. “It also shows the respect the other teams in our conference had for him.”
With last season’s leading scorer and power forward Austin Simpson out for the 2016-17 season due to a football injury, Crile, per Miklo’s request, changed positions in November.
“Once Austin got hurt in football, we needed Carson to carry more of the inside-game load,” Miklo said. “Carson knew we were putting a bigger burden on him to score inside points. Carson was a small forward as a freshman, mostly out on the wing, and an adjustment needed to be made.
“Well, Carson is a hard worker and he did make the adjustment our team needed. He didn’t shy away from contact, that’s for sure.”
Midseason, Crile suffered from pneumonia and was forced to miss several games.
“It killed Carson to be away from the court,” Miklo said. “He’s a competitive kid. And what makes his season even more impressive is that when he came back for us, he really wasn’t at full strength for a time.
“Some nights he was fatigued due to coming back from his illness, but he’d never tell us coaches. He didn’t want to come out, he wanted to do everything he could to help us win.”
Also for Fairfield (9-12), junior point guard Dante Cingire and sophomore forward Tristin Waugh earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.
The league’s top award, Most Valuable Player, went to Mt. Pleasant junior guard Brady Sartorius (21.8 points per game).
The Fairfield program awards went to Drew Martin, Waugh, Cingire, Simpson, Kyle Roberts and Crile.
Martin earned Most Promising Player and Waugh Most Improved.
Cingire, who led Fairfield in assists and steals, was awarded Mr. Assist and Man of Steal. Simpson earned The Coaches Award for his strong commitment to the 2016-17 Trojans despite being unable to play.
Roberts earned Team First honors for, in part, his unselfish work, leadership, nonstop hustle, tough defense and rebounding skill.
Crile was named the Trojans’ Most Valuable Player, and earned the Windex Award as Fairfield’s leading rebounder. For taking the most charges, Crile was given the Jordan Leazer Take Charge award.
“Carson also earned All-Substate 3A-6 honors, which he definitely deserved,” Miklo said.
“Needless to say, we’re looking for very big things in the future from Carson and all our other returning players.”