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Livingstone's Roger Ray earns Division II HBCU player of the year
J.C. Smith’s Cayse Minor named All-America
 
Published Saturday, April 4, 2020 8:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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Livingstone’s Roger Ray, left, and Johnson C. Smith’s Cayse Minor both earned spots on boxtorow.com’s Division II All-America team. Ray was the CIAA’s player of the year after averaging 23.6 points per game in 2019-2020. Minor averaged 18.8 points per outing for the Golden Bulls.

Livingstone’s Roger Ray is the top Division II black college basketball player in the land.


Ray, a senior from Raleigh, was named boxtorow.com’s player of the year after leading the CIAA in scoring at 23.6 points per game and assists at 5.0 per outing. He was second in the league in three-point shooting percentage at 36.7%.


Ray had six games in which he scored 30 or more points including a 45-point outing against Virginia State, where he added 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
Johnson C. Smith’s Cayse Minor was named to the All-America team after posting 18.8 points per game for the Golden Bulls. Minor, a senior from Winston-Salem, hit 45.1% of his field goal attempts, including 32.6% from three-point range.


Miles’ Fred Watson was named coach of the year after leading the Golden Bears to the SIAC championship for the second straight time in as many seasons. Miles went 24-4 and won 16 of its last 17 games. Watson, who won the award at Benedict in 2013, is the second coach to win the award with two different teams, joining Lonnie Blow (Shaw and Virginia State).

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Hampton's Jermaine Marrow is Boxtorow.com's Division I player of the year.

Marrow Division I's top player

Hampton guard Jermaine Marrow is boxtorow.com’s top Division I black college basketball player for the second straight season.


The 6-2 senior earned the honor after averaging 24.8 points and 6.5 per game, making him the only player in the country to rank in the top 15 in both categories. Marrow, the first player to win the national honor in consecutive years, is fourth in scoring and 11th in assists for the Pirates, who finished fifth in the regular season in the Big South Conference and earned their first finals appearance.


Along with Marrow, North Carolina Central senior forward Jibri Blount and North Carolina A&T’s Ronald Jackson and Kameron Langley were named first Team All-America. Jackson is a 6-8 senior forward; Langley is a 6-2 junior from Greensboro.


Blount, the third Eagle named MEAC Player of the Year in the Division I era, was first in the league in steals (2.2 per game), second in scoring (19.2 points), third in rebounding (9.5) and fifth in field goal (52.5%). 


North Carolina A&T’s Will Jones and Tennessee State’s Brian “Penny” Collins earned a share of the coach of the year award. Jones, who was named interim coach in December, went 14-5 and led the Aggies to a 17-15 overall record and second place in the MEAC.


Collins, who is in his second year at Tennessee State, doubled the Tigers’ win total to 18-15 overall, 9-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference and a berth in the College Invitational Tournament. TSU was 9-21 the previous season.




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