RJ Cole named MEAC Preseason Player of the Year, leads pre-season All-MEAC selections


The All-MEAC team is headlined by Cole, a sophomore guard who scores points in bunches for Howard University.

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.

First Team
Name Pos. Ht. Class School Hometown
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.

Second Team

Name Pos. Ht. Class School Hometown
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.

Third Team

Name Pos. Ht. Class School Hometown
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.
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