It’s laborious to imagine that we’re virtually midway by way of the school soccer season and faculty basketball is only a month away. The native males’s and girls’s groups have already begun pre-season practices.
As Traditionally Black Faculties and Universities (HBCUs) throughout the nation gear as much as compete on the hardwood, in hopes of profitable the coveted championship title, right here’s a roundup of a few of the native HBCU males’s and girls’s groups:
Howard College Males
Through the 2022-23 season, Howard College males’s group had its greatest file in 30 years, profitable the MEAC common season and match title and its journey to the NCAA Event.
The Bison had cause to be excited concerning the surge of this system as all 5 starters had been returning. Nevertheless, the switch portal quickly dampened their enthusiasm as three starters, together with first group all-MEAC (Mid-Jap Atlantic Convention) level Elijah Hawkins, determined to switch to the College of Minnesota. Second group all-conference choice Steve Settle III (Temple) and Jordan Wooden (Tulane) additionally moved on.
However cry no tears for the Bison, who could also be even higher this season with a nucleus of excellent returnees and a gaggle of proficient incoming gamers.
Main the way in which is Shyheim “Shy” Odom, a 6-foot-6 sophomore ahead from Roxbury, Massachusetts, who bought higher because the season progressed and was named each the Rookie of the Yr and match MVP as a freshman. There’s a consensus that he is without doubt one of the dominant gamers within the convention. The Bison additionally return junior guard/ahead Bryce Harris, who performed an integral function down the stretch and within the match. Sharpshooter Marcus Dockery, a 6-foot-2 junior from Washington, D.C., is without doubt one of the premier three-point shooters within the MEAC.
The incoming group that followers hope to assist this system proceed its profitable methods embrace Seth Cities, a 6-foot-8 graduate ahead, who transferred from Ohio State; Dom Campbell, a 6-foot-9 sophomore ahead switch from Notre Dame; Isaiah Warfield, a 6-foot-3 graduate guard who transferred from Liberty College; and Dylan Metoyer, a 6-foot-1 freshman level guard from extremely ranked Sierra Canyon Excessive Faculty, the identical alma mater as Odom.
The Bison open the season with their residence opener towards rival Hampton College on Nov. 6 at Burr Gymnasium.
Howard College Ladies
The Howard girls’s group got here up simply wanting profitable the MEAC Event title in a heartbreaking 50-45 loss to Norfolk State this previous March. That will have given them back-to-back match championships.
Regardless of plenty of accidents all season, the Bison completed 16-14 and 10-4 within the MEAC. Senior guard Future Howell, the premier participant within the convention and one of many prime three-point shooters within the nation, has the power to place the group on her again and carry them singlehandedly as she proved within the match closing with factors. The 6-foot sharpshooter was the MEAC Participant of the Yr after averaging virtually 18 factors per recreation.
Howell will maybe must contribute much more because the Bison have to switch two key gamers in Aziah Hudson, the group’s second-leading scorer (12.5 factors per recreation) and Brooklyn Fort Davis (9 factors per recreation, 5.5 rebounds per recreation).
Howard does welcome the return of graduate level guard Iyanna Warren, who missed a lot of the season, taking part in within the first 11 video games and averaging virtually 10 factors and three assists per recreation. Different gamers anticipated to contribute are senior guard Kaniyah Harris (4.1 assists per recreation, 123 assists for the season), who had her greatest season filling in for Warren, junior guard Nyla Cooper (4.5 factors per recreation) and sophomore ahead Nile Miller, who got here on robust down the stretch and was named to the All-Rookie group.
Howard opens the season on Nov. 6 at George Washington College and has its residence opener on Nov. 9 when it hosts Mount Saint Mary’s at 7 pm.
For the schedule, go to hubison.com
Bowie State Males
The Bowie State males’s group completed 7-22 final 12 months and will likely be trying to rebound.
The Bulldogs misplaced its main scorer however plenty of key veterans will return this 12 months, led by senior guard Malik Bradshaw, who completed second on the group in scoring at 11 factors per recreation.
Junior guard Caleb Johnson will look to have a robust marketing campaign after averaging 8.9 factors, whereas main the group in assists (69) and in steals (33). Others anticipated to contribute embrace sophomore guard Warren Mouganda and junior guard Kyree Freeman Davis.
Bowie State opens the season November when it takes on Lock Haven within the opening spherical of the Bowie State Traditional at A.C. Jordan Enviornment within the newly minted Kevin Durant Basketball Courtroom.
BOWIE STATE WOMEN
The Bowie State girls’s group completed the season 14-12 and 10-6 within the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Affiliation (CIAA).
The Bulldogs are inspired by the return of three of the top-four scorers. Junior guard Anil Harris leads the way in which with 14.5 factors to associate with a team-leading 46 steals. Purple-shirt junior guard Katerra Myers will even be anticipated to up her common of 8.4 factors, whereas persevering with to be a power on the boards (6.6 rebounds). Different returning veterans embrace graduate guard Robin Howard.
The Bulldogs open the season on Nov. 6 once they journey to Fairfax, Virginia to tackle George Mason College at 2 pm.
The house opener is Nov. 27 once they host California College of Pennsylvania at 5:30
For schedules, go to bsubulldogs.com
College of the District of Columbia Males
The College of the District of Columbia (UDC) males are coming off a 13-14 season, 10-6 within the East Coast Convention (ECC).
The Firebirds return a number of veterans. Junior ahead Hartnell Hayes (10.7 ppg) leads the way in which. Senior ahead Micah Campbell is an inside power as evidenced by his 9 factors, 7.2 rebounds and a team-leading 46 blocks. Sophomore guard Eric Morgan, Jr. will likely be anticipated to extend his scoring common of virtually eight factors per recreation. Junior guard Tevin Curtis will likely be known as on to be the ground common.
The Firebirds open the season at South Connecticut State earlier than their residence opener towards crosstown rival Bowie State on November 18 at 12 midday within the Dr. E$dwin Bancroft Henderson Sports activities Advanced.
College of the District of Columbia Ladies
The UDC girls’s group completed robust final season at 15-13 and 10-6 within the ECC. The Firebirds determine to take the following step with key veterans returning.
Senior guard Latavia Jackson averaged 17 factors and backcourt mate Future Ryles provides UDC a robust one-two punch with some spectacular numbers (17 factors per recreation, 4.6 assists per recreation, and 76 steals).
Others who count on to contribute for the Firebirds embrace junior guard Shanell Haskins (9.1 factors per recreation) and junior guard/ahead Tori Williams (8.2 factors per recreation, 7.4 rebounds per recreation, 34 blocks).
The Firebirds open the season at Goldey-Beacom on Nov. 10 with the house opener towards Bowie State on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader.
For schedules, go to udcfirebirds.com