NEW HAVEN, Ct. — While the college basketball season has been over for quite a while for most HBCU’s, the postseason honors are still rolling in. It’s especially evident for several players and schools from the CIAA.
The CIAA’s Player of the Year, Bowie State’s Gil Goodrich, has been named to several All-American squads and has added another award to his growing resume.
A 5-foot-10 senior guard from Baltimore, Md., Goodrich was named Daktronics’ Division II South Atlantic Region Player of The Year. He led the nation in scoring, averaging 27 points a game.
He also led the CIAA in four categories: scoring, assists, steals and free throw percentage. Goodrich was also a First Team selection for the region’s All-America squad as well.
He was joined on the first team by fellow CIAA standouts Antonio Fitzgerald of Saint Augustine’s College and Elizabeth City State’s Anthony Hilliard. Hilliard helped pace ECSU to the CIAA Tournament championship.
He was also selected All-CIAA, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds a game. Fitzgerald was selected All-CIAA, averaging 16 points and six rebounds a game, while shooting 51 percent from the field for St. Augustine’s.
Also, Goodrich and Fitzgerald were both chosen for the Second Annual NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star Game to be held Friday at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The game will match an East All-Star Team (which includes Goodrich and Fitzgerald and other players from the East, Northeast, South and South Atlantic regions) against a West All-Star Team (with players from the Great Lakes, North Central, South Central and West regions).
The All-Star Game is also part of NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight which will be held March 21, 22 and 24 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Goodrich’s teammate, Tyrone Beale was one of three CIAA selections to the second team. Virginia Union’s Brad Byerson and Avis Wyatt of Virginia State were also part of the second team.
Goodrich and West Virginia State’s Todd Scott were also first team selections to the Daktronics’ Division II All-America team as well. WVSU finished with a 26-7 record, with Scott earning WVIAC Player of the Year accolades, along with being chosen the Daktronics East Region Player of the Year.
Scott led the WVIAC in scoring at 27.0 ppg., and also ranks sixth in three-pointers made per game with 125 I 287 attempts. He added 4.3 rpg. while making 315 of 596 field goals (52.9 percent) and 137 of 168 free throws (81.5 percent). Scott scored 892 points, and had 30-or-more points on 11 occasions.
Also, Hampton’s Mike Freeman was named to the 2007 CollegeInsider.com’s Mid-Major Freshmen All-America Team. The MEAC’s Rookie of the Year, Freeman established a new NCAA Division I record for field goal percentage in a season by a freshman at 67.8%, surpassing the old mark of 66.5% posted by former NBA player Sidney Moncrief during his rookie season at the University of Arkansas (1975-76).
A 6-foot-8, 220 pound forward from Alexandria, Va., Freeman ranked 11th in the league in scoring (14.2 ppg), fifth in rebounding (6.5 rpg), fourth in offensive rebounds (2.56) and 11th in blocked shots (0.7 bpg).
In addition, he registered three double-doubles and six 20-point games while leading the Pirates in scoring eight times and in rebounding on 15 occasions.
As for the ladies, again the CIAA showed itself to be dominant as well. ECSU’s Celeste Trahan and Deanna Price, were named to the South Atlantic All-Region First and Second Teams, respectively.
Trahan, the 2007 CIAA Player of the Year, has been tabbed as a first team All-Region member for the second straight year. This past season the junior from Stockton, Ca. led the CIAA in scoring and rebounding.
Just three games into her junior season, she netted her 1,000th career point and on February 1st became the first woman in school history to record 1,000 career rebounds. As a sophomore last season she was named to the Daktronics Third Team becoming the first female All-American in school history.
Along with Trahan, Price was instrumental in ECSU attaining its first ever NCAA Post Season bid in school history. This year, she repeated as the CIAA’s Defensive Player of the Year after leading all Division II in steals per game. The Washington D.C. senior guard DC also has five career triple doubles.
Also, N.C. Central’s Cassie King was selected to the 2007 NCAA Division II Kodak/WBCA All-America Team, claiming Honorable Mention status for the third consecutive season.
King led the Lady Eagles to their first CIAA Championship in 23 years, earning Tournament M.V.P. honors after averaging 21.7 points per game during the three-game title run.
She also helped the team to a second straight NCAA Division II playoff appearance and the program’s highest-ever national ranking of No. 19 in the USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll (March 7).