No. 5 2015-16 Hampton
Record: 21-11, 13-3 MEAC
North Carolina Central’s loss to Delaware State in the 2015 MEAC Tournament led to the start of a two-year championship run for Hampton. Hampton beat Delaware State the following game to claim that MEAC title, before losing to Kentucky.
This Hampton squad was a mix of recruits Buck Joyner plucked from the high school ranks as well as some key transfers. Quinton Cheivous started his career at Tennessee, but found his way to the 757. He averaged 17 points and 10.7 rebounds per game as a senior while shooting nearly 57 percent. Guard Reginald Johnson started his career at Miami (Ohio) University before starting the 2014-15 season with Hampton. Johnson showed his versatility as a senior, playing point guard after MEAC Tourney Most Outstanding Player Deron Powers transferred. All he did was lead Hampton in scoring with 18.1 points per game while finishing sixth in assists.
Hampton showed they could win with a target on their backs in the post season. After escaping a scare from Morgan State, it went on to pummel Savannah State and handle South Carolina State to secure its fifth MEAC title in its 20-year history in the league.
Key Players: Reginald Johnson Jr., Quinton Chevious, Brian Darden, Jervon Pressley