2019-2020 Basketball

MEAC announces Player of the Year and postseason awards

The Coach of the Year wasn’t even a head coach when the season began.

Courtesy: The MEAC

NORFOLK, Va., March 6, 2019 – North Carolina Central senior forward Jibri Blount has been named the 2019-20 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year, the conference announced today. Howard’s Wayne Bristol, Jr. is the Rookie of the Year, while Cletrell Pope from Bethune-Cookman has earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. North Carolina A&T State acting head coach Willie Jones has been selected the MEAC Coach of the Year.

All awards were voted on by the conference’s head men’s basketball coaches and sports information directors.

Blount, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Pittsburgh, Pa., is one of the most prolific scorers in the MEAC, averaging 20.0 points per game in conference play and 19.3 points in all games this season. He has scored in double figures in 27 games this season, scoring 20 points or more 13 times. No slouch on defense, either, Blount leads the MEAC in both scoring and steals per game.

Additionally, Blount was selected as the MEAC Player of the five times and Defensive Player of the Week once. He has had three 30-point performances, with a high of 33 against Delaware State and Mid-Atlantic Christian this season.

Bristol, Jr., a 6-foot-6 freshman guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., is on pace to become one of the better players to ever wear a Bison uniform. He earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors three times this season, more than any other player. Bristol is shooting 41 percent from the floor, while averaging 11.6 points per game and 4.0 rebounds. He started in 25 of his team’s 30 regular-season games.

Pope, a 6-foot-9 junior forward from Northport, Ala., becomes the first player since Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn to earn back-to-back MEAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He is currently second in the nation in offensive rebounds per game and is third in total rebounds per game (11th in total rebounds). He is one of two players averaging a double-double in the MEAC with 14.2 points and 11.9 rebounds per game, and he is ranked 12th in the nation in double-doubles with 16 this season. Additionally, he has earned MEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors eight times this season and MEAC Player of the Week honors twice. Pope is the fourth player in the last five years from Bethune-Cookman to win the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award.

After taking the helm, Jones has led North Carolina A&T State to a 12-4 record in league play and a second straight second-place finish, as the Aggies finished the regular season 16-15 overall. Jones coached the Aggies a 13-4 mark since taking over as acting head coach. North Carolina A&T State finished the regular season winning seven out of its last 10 games as the Aggies head into the 2020 MEAC Tournament as the second seed. Two of Jones’ players earned All-MEAC First Team honors, with another on the All-Rookie Team.

Joining Blount and Pope on the 2019-20 All-MEAC First Team are North Carolina A&T State’s Ronald Jackson and Kameron Langley, and Norfolk State’s Jermaine Bishop.

The 2019-20 regular-season champions, first team honorees and other award winners, including Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, will be recognized in pre-game presentations prior to the honorees’ first games in tournament play. Tournament play begins Tuesday, March 10, and runs through Saturday, March 14, at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

For more information, log on to www.MEACHOOPS.com.

2019-20 Men’s Basketball All-MEAC Teams
As voted on by the conference’s head men’s basketball coaches and sports information directors.

Player of the Year: Jibri Blount, North Carolina Central
Rookie of the Year:  Wayne Bristol, Jr., Howard
Defensive Player of the Year: Cletrell Pope, Bethune-Cookman
Coach of the Year: Willie Jones, North Carolina A&T State

First Team

NamePos.Ht.ClassSchoolHometown
Jibri BlountF6-7r-Sr.North Carolina CentralPittsburgh, Pa.
Ronald JacksonF6-8Sr.North Carolina A&T StateClay County, Fla.
Cletrell PopeF6-9Sr.Bethune-CookmanNorthport, Ala.
Kameron LangleyG6-2Jr.North Carolina A&T StateGreensboro, N.C.
Jermaine BishopG6-1r-Sr.Norfolk StateQueens, N.Y.

Second Team

NamePos.Ht.ClassSchoolHometown
Charles WilliamsG6-6Sr.HowardRichmond, Va.
John CrosbyG6-3Sr.Delaware StateBaltimore, Md.
Isaiah BaileyG/F6-6Sr.Bethune-CookmanCompton, Calif.
Damani ApplewhiteF6-8Sr.South Carolina StateFayetteville, N.C.
Rod Melton, Jr.G6-1Sr.Florida A&MDothan, Ala.

Third Team

NamePos.Ht.ClassSchoolHometown
Steven WhitleyG6-3r-Sr.Norfolk StateNorfolk, Va.
Stanley Davis, Jr.G6-5Sr.Morgan StateChester, Pa.
Dejuan ClaytonG6-2r-Jr.Coppin StateBowie, Md.
Brendan Medley-BaconC7-1So.Coppin StateBaltimore, Md.
C.J. KeyserG6-3r-Jr.North Carolina CentralBaltimore, Md.

All-Rookie Team

NamePos.Ht.ClassSchoolHometown
Joe FrenchG6-5Fr.Bethune-CookmanOrlando, Fla.
Fred Cleveland, Jr.G5-10Fr.North Carolina A&T StateChicago, Ill.
Da’Shawn PhillipG6-5Fr.Maryland Eastern ShoreBaltimore, Md.
Tyrese JenkinsG/F6-6Fr.Norfolk StateRichmond, Va.
Wayne Bristol, Jr.G6-6Fr.HowardUpper Marlboro, Md.

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