Carter, Burke, and Deese earn All-SAC honors
Monday, March 8, 2004 | by by NC Sports Information

HICKORY, N.C. - Rashaad Carter (N. Charleston, S.C.) headlines three Indians recognized by the South Atlantic Conference coaches as All-Conference.  Local stars Tommy Burke (Newberry, S.C.) and Tonya Deese (Prosperity, S.C.) were named to the All-Freshman team and All-SAC second team, respectively.

Carter averaged 15.6 points per game and was consistently ranked among the top six scorers in the league.  He helped lead Newberry to its best finish in 22 years, going 16-13 and advancing to the finals of the Food Lion SAC Basketball Championships.  He was also named to the All-Tournament team, joining three Catawba Indians and Mars Hill's Ronald Lewis.

Deese scored 9.6 points and grabbed 7.3 rebounds per game in 2003-04.  She placed in the top ten in rebounding and top twenty in scoring.  The 6-1 freshman was a key factor in the Lady Indians' improvement and in the first conference win for Newberry in over three seasons.

Burke played in all 29 games, starting only three while splitting time with Tymere Zimmerman. The former Mid-Carolina star was one of the deadliest threats from three-point range, finishing the season in with a .402 percentage from deep.  Burke scored 7.3 points per game and created matchup problems for opponents with his combination of size and stroke.