CIAA Announces Postseason Hoop Honors

By CIAA Media Relations
Updated: February 19, 2009

CIAAHAMPTON, Va. — The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations have selected this year’s honorees of the 2009 All-CIAA Teams and Players of the Year.

Tatiana Ellis of Saint Paul’s College, the 2009 CIAA Player of the Year, and

Anthony Hilliard, the Elizabeth City State University two-time CIAA Player of the Year, lead the conference in scoring respectively.

Ellis, a junior guard from Harlem, N.Y. ranks 10th nationally in scoring and stands at the top of the conference with 22.2 ppg; 554 total points scored. Tatiana also leads the conference in 3-pt field goals made with 2.20 pg.

In his senior campaign, Hilliard heads the conference in scoring 23.6 ppg, 591 total points and rebounding 11.6 rpg; 290 total. A forward from Fayetteville, N.C., Hilliard ranks third nationally in rebounds and fifth in the nation in scoring.

The 2009 Women’s Defensive Player of the Year, Denisha Kenion of the Bowie State University Lady Bulldogs ranks 29th nationally in steals and first in the CIAA with 3.12 pg; 78 total.

Kenion, a senior guard from Fort Washington, Maryland, also tops the conference in the assists category, 4.2 pg, 105 total; dominating followers by 39.

The Men’s Defensive Player of the Year, James Dillard hails from Johnson C. Smith University. Dillard, a junior forward from Apex. N.C. is listed at the top of the conference in blocked shots, 50 total, 2.27 pg and ranks in the CIAA’s top five rebounders 8.2 rpg; 180 total.

He’s third in the nation in field goal percentage (69.1%) and 24th in blocked shots.


The 2009 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball All-Rookie Teams, along with their respective Rookies of the Year, have been announced as voted on by the CIAA Sports Information Directors’ Association.

For the second consecutive year the CIAA Women’s Rookie of the Year wears a uniform for the Lady Falcons of Saint Augustine’s College. This season the honor goes to Keyona Bryant, a 6-foot center who hails from Springdale, MD (Flowers High School).

Bryant, an eight-time CIAA Rookie of the Week, has been nothing short of phenomenal this season for SAC. She leads the Lady Falcons in scoring at 17.8 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding at 7.3 boards per contest.

The conference’s second leading scorer, Bryant has registered four double-doubles this season and was the Lady Falcons’ top scorer in 14 games this season.

Virginia State’s J.C. Chaney takes the 2009 CIAA Men’s Rookie of the Year award. A native of Danville, Va. (George Washington High School) the 6-foot-8 forward/center netted five 20 plus games as a starter for the Trojans this season.

His scoring and rebounding averages were third best for Virginia State and he led his team in field goal percentage (.552), which ranked fifth overall in the CIAA.

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