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CIAA Tournament – Monday

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

First, congratulations to Virginia Union freshman golfer Travon Willis on being named a Hercules Scholar. Willis will receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation. Oh, and he carries a 4.0 GPA.

• Hello. Goodbye. St. Augustine’s women have earned the CIAA Team Highest Grade Point Average Award for the eighth time in 10 years. You know what that means? Head coach Montel Jones’ days are numbered. Every time the Lady Falcons win the award, the head coach is gone within two years.

Best of the best. The CIAA announced its all-conference teams and players and coaches of the year. On the men’s side, Shaw junior Amir Hinton won the player of the year in one of the most no-brainer awards in the past five years, although some advocated for Livingstone guard Roger Ray. The question now is, will Hinton leave after this season to turn pro. The scouts will be out in full force Wednesday night when Shaw plays the winner of Lincoln (Pa.) vs. St. Augustine’s.

Virginia State coach Lonnie Blow is so good that it’s easy to take his coaching skills for granted. But the conference coaches gave him his due and named him coach of the year. Virginia State men are the crème of the crop, make no mistake about it.

On the women’s side, Virginia Union’s Shareka McNeill was voted player of the year, Ashley Fields of Claflin the defensive player of the year and Bowie State coach Shadae Swan the coach of the year.

The rest of the honorees:

Women’s backcourt

Daisa Harris, Livingstone College

Shareka McNeill, Virginia Union

Jalyn Brown, Elizabeth City State

Kwanza Murray, Lincoln

Amaya Tucker, Winston-Salem State

Women’s frontcourt

Brionna Pate, Winston-Salem State

Yakima Clifton, Fayetteville State

Ashley Fields, Claflin

Naterria Luster, Elizabeth City State

Kyaja Williams, Bowie State

Danielle Weldon, Chowan

Pere Alexander, Bowie State

Women’s all-rookie team

Dashia Jackson, Claflin

Amaya Tucker, Winston-Salem State

Asia Deal, Elizabeth City State

Jada Queen, Lincoln (PA)

Ifunanya Okoye, Virginia Union

Women’s Player of the Year – Shareka McNeill, Virginia Union

Women’s Defensive Player of the Year – Ashley Fields, Claflin

Women’s Coach of the Year – Shadae Swan, Bowie State

Women’s Rookie of the Year – Amaya Tucker, Winston-Salem State 

Men’s backcourt

Amir Hinton, Shaw

Roger Ray, Livingstone College

Tyre Gathright, St. Augustine’s

Cameron Campbell, Lincoln

Robert Colon, Winston-Salem State

Men’s frontcourt

William Crandell, Winston-Salem State

Lydell Elmore, Livingstone College

Jahmere Howze, Virginia State

William Jenkins, Virginia Union

Saiquan Jamison, Bowie State

Roddric Ross, Johnson C. Smith

Deaquan Williams, Lincoln University (PA)

Men’s all-rookie team

Zahrion Blue, Lincoln University (PA)

Xavier Fennell, Winston-Salem State

Demarius Pitts, Virginia Union

Tamir Green, Lincoln (PA)

Raemaad Wright, Virginia Union

Men’s Player of the Year – Amir Hinton, Shaw

Men’s Defensive Player of the Year – William Jenkins, Virginia Union

Rookie of the Year – Demarius Pitts, Virginia Union

Men’s Coach of the Year – Lonnie Blow, Virginia State



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