By all accounts, A. J. English should have been in the CIAA Hall of Fame at least a decade ago. The Wilmington, Delaware native had a storied career at Virginia Union before going on to play in the NBA and spend more than a decade playing overseas.
English averaged 20 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game at VUU from 1986 through 1990. He was an efficient scorer, shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from the 3-point line. In addition to his long-range marksmanship, English had world-class leaping ability, winning the CIAA’s slam dunk competition twice. He had his best season as a senior in 1989-90, when he was named NCAA Division II National Player of The Year after averaging 33.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
“A.J. is the most exciting, dynamic and complete basketball player in the CIAA since Earl “The Pearl” Monroe,” Clarence “Big House” Gaines once said.
Like Monroe, English would go on to be drafted by the (then Washington) Bullets where he played two seasons, averaging 9.9 points per game. He would then transition to Europe, where he played through 2000. His son, also named A.J. is headed to the NBA after a stellar career at IONA.
It’s our opinion that English should be voted into the CIAA Hall of Fame immediately. Click this link to nominate English for the 2016-17 class. Nominations must be in by June 30.