St. Augustine’s senior forward Quincy January earned his third straight CIAA Defensive Player of the Year Award. January and others were honored Monday at the CIAA Tip-off Luncheon at the Charlotte Convention Center. He was also named to the 2018 All-CIAA First Team’s frontcourt. Teammate Tyre Gathright was selected to the backcourt. Rashad George earned all-rookie honors. The Falcons will face Chowan at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday. SAU won both matchups during the regular season.
Shaw’s Savon Goodman and DeAngelo Stephens-Bell, who make one heck of a 1-2 punch for the Bears, also made the first team on the frontcourt and backcourt, respectively. Both are averaging 18 points per game. Shaw, which won a share of the division title, won’t play until Thursday at 7 p.m.
On the women’s side, Falcons sophomore Kaaliya Williams (15.6 ppg) was the only local player to earn all-conference on the frontcourt. The Lady Falcons face a tough opening-round opponent in Chowan on Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. They lost both matchups against the Lady Hawks (86-65, 81-42).
Shaw women, who were shut out of the all-conference teams, kick off the tourney with an early 10 a.m. start against Bowie State. Got to believe if senior LaQuisha Taylor hadn’t gotten hurt, she would have made it. May be a quick exit for both Triangle women’s teams.
Virginia Union women hit the trifecta, make that "quadruple-fecta." The Panthers took all four top awards and the team GPA for the first time in CIAA history. They are also the only team to have back-to-back players win both the offensive and defensive of the year awards. Lady Walker did it last year.
Offensive player of the year: Alexis Johnson, Virginia Union
Defensive player of the year: Alexis Johnson
Rookie of the year: Shareka McNeill, VUU
Coach of the year: AnnMarie Gilbert, VUU
Team GPA Award: Virginia Union, 3.25
Offensive player of the year: Robert Davis III, Johnson C. Smith
Defensive player of the year: January
Rookie of the year: Zaccheus Hobbs, Elizabeth City State
Coach of the year: Lonnie Blow, Virginia State
Team GPA Award: Chowan, 3.6 GPA