Campbell Fighting Camels

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Big South Conference
Past Conferences: Trans America Athletic Conference, Atlantic Sun Conference
City: Buies Creek, North Carolina

Arena: John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center
NCAA Tournaments: 1 (1992)
National Championships – 0
Conference Titles – 2 (2010, 2019)

Team History

Campbell began play as a junior college and defeated UNC-Wilminton for the 61 National Junior College Athletic Association championship. Campbell made the move to NAIA the following season, with the school becoming a senior college that year. In 1969-70, the Camels advanced to the NAIA Tournament, where they lost in the first round. Campbell returned to the NAIA Tournament in 1977, advancing to the finals before settling for runner-up.

The Camels made the move to Division I and after several years as an independent, joined the Big South Conference for the 1985-86 season. In 1991-92, Campbell won the Big South Conference tournament, sending the team to its only appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Camels lost in the first round to Duke.

After the 1993-94 season, Campbell switched to the Trans America Athletic Conference, where it remained until joining the Atlantic Sun for the 2001-02 season. The Fighting Camels returned to the Big South for the 2011-12 season.

While the Camels have been unable to get back to the NCAA Tournament since 1992, Campbell has appeared in other postseason tournaments, with a trip to the CIT in 2017, where the team reached the quarterfinals. In 2018, the Camels advanced to the CBI and lost in the first round of the NIT in 2019.

All-Time Records
Points Scored
Chris Clemons, 3,225
Jonathan Rodriguez, 2,153
Joe Spinks, 1,711

Jonathan Rodriguez, 1,066
Joe Spinks, 954
Ron Curtis, 809

Dan Pogue, 701
Junard Hartley, 600
Brad Childress, 543


When Did Campbell Become Known as the Camels?

Campbell’s athletic teams were once known as the Hornets. Newspaper articles in 1933 referred to Campbell as the Hornets, but, in 1934, headlines started referring to the teams as the Camels. Why the name changed is another story, with there being no definitive reason, only several different urban legends that float about.

Have Any Campbell Players Ever Made the NBA?

The Camels have had two players advance to the NBA. Chris Clemons played for the Houston Rockets in 2019-20 and George Lehmann played for the Hawks in 1967-68 and 1968-69.

Where Does Chris Clemons Rank on the All-Time NCAA Scoring List?

Entering the 2022-23 NCAA season, Clemons sits No. 3 all-time in college basketball with 3,225 points. Only Pete Maravich and Freeman Williams scored more points in college basketball than Clemons. After averaging 18.5 points as a freshman, Clemons averaged 25.1 and 24.9 points per game as a sophomore and junior. He saved his best for last, averaging 30.1 points per game and scoring 993 points for the season.

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