NORFOLK, VA –One season after exceeding the hype, RJ Cole just had a new set of expectations thrust upon him.
The Howard University sophomore guard was named the MEAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year on Thursday.
Last year’s MEAC Freshman of the Year, Cole ranked seventh nationally and led the MEAC with 23.7 points per game. Cole led the MEAC in three-pointers made with 109 led the league in minutes played. He scored 30-plus points on five occasions while scoring 20-plus points 25 times. Cole was also named MEAC Rookie of the Week on 13 occasions.
He’s a part of a stellar preseason All-MEAC team that includes Charles Williams from Howard, Shawnrez Davis and Soufiyane Diakite from Bethune-Cookman, and Raasean Davis NC Central.
The full list of All-MEAC preseason selections is listed below.
|RJ Cole||G||6-1||So.||Howard||Union, N.J.|
|Charles Williams||G||6-6||Jr.||Howard||Richmond, Va.|
|Shawntrez Davis||F||6-9||Sr.||Bethune Cookman||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Raasean Davis||C||6-8||R-Sr.||N.C. Central||Chicago, Ill.|
|Soufiyane Diakite||F||6-6||Sr.||Bethune Cookman||Bronx, N.Y.|
|Lamar Morgan||G/F||6-6||Sr.||Coppin State||Willingboro, N.J.|
|Reggie Gardner, Jr.||G/F||6-2||So.||N.C. Central||Bowie, Md.|
|Isaiah Bailey||G/F||6-6||Sr.||Bethune-Cookman||Compton, Calif.|
|Steven Whitley||G||6-3||R-Jr.||Norfolk State||Norfolk, Va,|
|Alex Long||F||6-8||Sr.||Norfolk State||Clinton, Md.|
|Jordan Perkins||PG||6-0||Jr.||N.C. Central||Greensboro, N.C.|
|Dejaun Clayton||G||6-2||R-So.||Coppin State||Bowie, Md.|
|Kameron Langley||G||6-2||So.||North Carolina A&T State||Greensboro, N.C.|
|Justin Ravenel||F||6-1||Sr.||Florida A&M||Lithonia, Ga.|
|Damani Applewhite||F||6-8||Jr.||S.C. State||Fayetteville, N.C.|