Keep Rising To The Top: NCCU Predicted To Repeat As MEAC Champs

How do you follow up an exciting, record-breaking season of college basketball? For North Carolina Central, they hope the answer is to do it again. NCCU was picked to repeat as the MEAC’s Men Basketball Champion for the 2014-15 season.

NCCU is coming off a memorable 2013-14 campaign that saw it go 28-6, winning the MEAC Tournament (it’s first mens’ basketball tournament title in more than 50 years) and making the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first-time ever.

If the Eagles are to repeat, they’ll have do so so without their prolific backcourt of Emmanuel “Poobie” Chapman and leading scorer Jeremy Ingram, as both finished up their careers this spring. This year’s squad will be led by big men Jordan Parks (preseason first-team) and Karamo Jawara (third-team).

Hampton was picked to finish second in the MEAC, after an 18-13 finish and an appearance in the CBI Tournament last season. Morgan State, runner-up to NCCU in the MEAC Tournament, was picked to finish third.

Here  is the full predicted finish:

1.      North Carolina Central (15)                          317 points
2.      Hampton (9)                                                    304 points
3.      Morgan State                                                  265 points
4.      Norfolk State                                                   225 points
5.      Delaware State                                               194 points
6.      Coppin State (1)                                              183 points
7.      Savannah State                                               182 points
8.      Howard                                                             170 points
9.      North Carolina A&T                                       153 points
10.   Bethune-Cookman                                         132 points
11.   Maryland Eastern Shore                                95 points
12.   South Carolina State (1)                                90 points
13.   Florida A&M                                                    56 points

Howard sophomore James Daniel was named MEAC Preseason Player of the Year after averaging better than 21 points per game as a freshman.

First Team
Deron Powers- Hampton
James Daniel- Howard
Taariq Craig-Coppin State
Jordan Parks- NCCU
Kendall Gray- Delaware State
Second Team
Mike Trapp- Bethune-Cookman
Jamal Fuentes- Norfolk State
Prince Okoroh- Howard
Rashid Gaston- Norfolk State
Bryan Akingugbe- North Carolina A&T
Third Team
Kendall Williams- Delaware State
Brian Darden- Hampton
Blake Bozeman- Morgan State
Bruce Beckford- NC A&T
Karamo Jawara- NCCU
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