Black College Sports News And Notes

By Tony McClean
Updated: March 7, 2007

Great NamesRALEIGH, N.C. — This week’s HBCU happenings include all-conference basketball teams, pairings on the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s tournaments and an award for a well-known announcer.


Delaware State ’s Jahsha Bluntt earned the 2007 Men’s Basketball Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year, as voted by the league’s Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors.

Delaware ’s State’s head coach Greg Jackson earned the back-to-back Coach of the Year honors, as voted on by his peers.

Michael Freeman of Hampton University was selected as the 2007 MEAC Rookie of the Year, as voted by the conference’s Head Coaches and Sports Information Director.

Delaware State forward Aaron Fleetwood was selected as the 2007 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Fleetwood averaged 3.0 rebounds and leads the conference with 2.0 blocks per game.

Bluntt was joined on the 2007 MEAC First Team by Rome Sanders (Florida A&M), Steven Rush (N.C. A&T), Rashad West ( Hampton ) and Tywain McKee (Coppin State).

The MEAC Second Team included Roy Bright (Delaware State), Ron Timus (Morgan State), Darrin Shine (Delaware State), Tony Murphy (Norfolk State) and Jason Wills (N.C. A&T).

The 2007 MEAC Rookie Team featured teammates Freeman and Matthew Pilgrim ( Hampton ) as well as Reggie Holmes ( Morgan State ), Jason Flagler ( S.C. State ) and Joshua Cummings (Bethune-Cookman).

For the ladies, Coppin State guard Rashida Suber was selected the Player of the Year as voted by the leagues’ Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors.

Head Coach Donald Beasley was selected by his peers as the 2007 Coach of the Year, while North Carolina A&T’s Ta’Wuana Cook was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Shannon Carlisle was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Coppin State guard Shalamar Oakley joins Suber on the All-MEAC first team along with North Carolina A&T guard Amber Bland, Delaware State guard/forward Raquel Collier, and Howard guard Shannon Carlisle.

The All-MEAC second team consists of Cook, Delaware State forward Katreem Palmer, Rachel Butler of Hampton, Morgan State ’s Whitney Johnson and North Carolina A&T’s Brittanie Taylor-James.

The 2007 MEAC Rookie Team featured North Carolina A&T’s Cook, Florida A&M’s Marke Freeman and Secrett Anderson, Morgan State guard Corin Adams and forward April McBride.


For the SIAC, Albany State Men’s team and Benedict College Men’s & Women’s teams all received bids. Albany State University received the eighth seed and they will play the top seeded University of Montevallo of the Gulf South Conference who is also hosting the regional section of the tournament.

Benedict College received the third seed and will play the sixth seed Eckerd College from the Sunshine State Conference. Albany State will play at 6:00 PM and Benedict will play at 12:00 pm CST.

Benedict College women’s team received the eighth seed in the south region and will play the top seed Florida Gulf Coast University . The women’s South Region will be played in Fort Meyers , FL on the campus on Florida Gulf Coast University.

The game is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST.

As for the CIAA, North Carolina Central and Elizabeth City State’s women will play in the South Atlantic region at Morrow, GA. The Lady Eagles, seeded second, will play Newberry, Friday. The Lady Vikings open their championship quest as the fourth seed and will meet fifth-seeded Columbus State.

Also, ECSU and Virginia Union’s men will be playing in South Atlantic regional tournament in Augusta, GA. The Vikings will face top-seeded Augusta State while the second-seeded Panthers meet Lander

Women’s action begins Friday with the men set to start on Saturday.


For the ladies, Shelita Burns of Jackson State University was selected as 2007 Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year, while Lacey Cormier’ of Grambling State University was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Joining Burns in first team honors are Christian Malone of Alabama A&M, LaSharee Christian of Jackson State, Rasaan Powell of Alcorn State and Gaati Werema of Prairie View A&M.

Werema and Christian also received separate awards. Werema was named SWAC Freshman of the Year while Christian was chosen the conference’s newcomer of the year.

For the men, Jackson State’s Trey Johnson and Alabama A&M’s Mickell Gladness claimed the top honors for the conference. Johnson was tabbed as the SWAC Player of the Year while Gladness was named the 2007 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Other award winners included Freshman of the Year Trant Simpson of Alabama A&M and Newcomer of the Year Prairie View’s A&M’s Brian Ezeh.


Donal Ware has been named CIAA Broadcaster of the Year as voted by the CIAA-Sports Information Director’s Association. Ware, 32, is the founder and CEO of DWCommunications, LLC, which is the rights holder and producer of the nationally syndicated sports talk show “From The Press Box To Press Row”.

Ware also hosts the show, whose focus is HBCU Sports. He has been Shaw University’s play-by-play man for football, and men’s and women’s basketball games since 2004 and serves as the “voice” of the Shaw Bear Sports Radio Network.

A 1998 graduate of Morgan State University, he began his broadcast career in 1997 as an analyst during Morgan State University football and basketball games under the direction of the “voice” of Morgan State athletics Lamont Germany.

In 2001, he called play-by-play for North Carolina A&T basketball games. During that year he also called the first and only baseball game ever broadcast in the history of N.C. A&T. In 2004, Ware formed the Shaw Bear Sports Radio Network.