Radford Highlanders

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Big South Conference
Past Conferences: Trans America Athletic Conference
City: Radford, Virginia

Arena: Dedmon Center
NCAA Tournaments: 3 (1998, 2009, 2018)
National Championships – 0
Conference Titles – 6 (1992, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2019, 2020)

Team History

Radford began play in the 1974-75 season and was strong from the start, posting a winning record in each of the team’s four seasons under athletic director Chuck Taylor. Joe Davis became coach in 1978-79 and guided Radford to the NAIA District playoffs in 1980, 1981 and 1982. The Highlanders joined the Trans America Athletic Conference for the 1982-83 season, played as an independent the following year and made the move to the Big South and Division I for the 1984-85 season.

The Highlanders captured the Big South regular season title in 1992 but were upset by Charleston Southern in the second round of the conference tournament. In 1998, Radford defeated regular season champion UNC Asheville in the finals of the conference tournament to earn its first berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Highlanders also won the regular season title in 2000 and 2001 but were unable to seal another NCAA Tournament berth after losing in the conference tournament.

Radford returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, suffering another first-round loss to a No. 1 seed, as they were defeated by North Carolina. The Highlanders competed in the CIT in 2014 and 2015, advancing to the quarterfinals both times. High Point won the Big South conference tournament in 2018 and defeated LIU Brooklyn in a First Four game, which got them another game against a No. 1 seed and the Highlanders were defeated by Villanova.

All-Time Records
Points Scored
Doug Day, 2,027
Jovante Green, 1,911
Whit Holcomb-Faye, 1,856

Ed Polite Jr, 1,119
Javonte Green, 1,064
Chris Oliver, 845

Amir Johnson, 604
Anthony Walker, 510
Carlik Jones, 543


Have Any Radford Players Made It to the NBA?

The Highlanders have had two NBA players. Carlik Jones played five games for Dallas and Denver in the 2021-22 season. Javonte Green is in his fourth season and playing for Chicago in the 2022-23 season..

When Did Radford Become the Highlanders?

The Highlander became the nickname for the athletic teams in 1979. Radford’s current mascot, named the Highlander, was first adopted in the ’70s for the Scottish-Irish heritage of Southwest Virginia. The school colors were changed from the original purple and gray to the tartan plaid colors of red, white, blue and green at that time.

Has Radford Ever Received an Invitation to Play in the NIT?

After posting a 21-11 record and winning the regular season Big South title in 2019, the Highlanders were upset in the conference tournament semifinals by Hampton and had agreed to play in the NIT. The tournament was later canceled due to COVID-19.

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