BTRC/BASN announces Non-Div. I hoop teams

By Tony McClean
Updated: April 21, 2009

hoops NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Elizabeth City State’s Anthony Hilliard and Ted Scott of West Virginia State are among the members of the Inaugural HBCU Non-Division I All-America Basketball team which was announced Tuesday.

Joining Hilliard and Scott on the first team is Ryan Scott of Johnson C. Smith, Scott’s JCSU teammate James Dillard, and West Virginia State’s Ricky Jackson.

The two-time CIAA Player of the Year, Hilliard has also been an First team All-Region the last three-straight years. The 6-foot-4 native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, who averaged 23.6 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per game, has also been tabbed as BTRC/BASN’s Player of the Year.

Dillard, tabbed as the 2009 CIAA Defensive Player of The Year, led the CIAA in blocks. The 6-foot-5 junior, who finished fifth nationally in field-goal percentage, was also been tabbed as BTRC/BASN’s Defensive Player of The Year.

The second team consists of Langston’s Lance Sullivan and Braxton Byerson of Virginia Union on the back court. Making up the front court is Kenney Boyd of Morehouse, Bowie State’s Duke Crews, and Gregg Thondique of Virginia Union.

In other awards, Claflin University’s Ron Woodard has been chosen as BTRC/BASN’s Coach of The Year. Woodard helped lead the Panthers to the SIAC’s regular season championship.

Despite losing in the league’s tournament, the Panthers earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. They would go on to win their first ever NCAA playoff game in a win against Valdosta State.

In their inaugural season as a full fledged Division II school, Claflin (25-4) reached the semifinals of the NCAA’s South Regional tournament. They would eventually get eliminated by Christian Brothers University.

On the heels of BASN’s two-year collaboration with DWCommunications, LLC on the HBCU Top 10 Football poll, the 2008-09 season marked the release of the inaugural basketball polls and All-America teams.

There are two separate teams — one for NCAA Division I schools and one for non-Division I schools (including Division II, Division III and NAIA Divisions I and II).

The non-Division I team was announced earlier this week. The teams were voted on by writers and media members who cover HBCU basketball from around the country.



First Team

Back Court

Ryan Scott, Johnson C. Smith, Senior, G, 6-3, Reston, Va.; Ted Scott, West Virginia State, Senior, G, 6-1, Columbus, Ohio.

Front Court

Anthony Hilliard, Elizabeth City State, Senior, F, 6-4 Fayetteville, N.C.; Ricky Jackson, West Virginia State, Junior, F, 6-6, Canton, Ohio; James Dillard, Johnson C. Smith, Junior, F, 6-5, Apex, N.C.

Second Team

Back Court

Lance Sullivan, Langston (Okla.) University, 5-11, Junior, G, Columbus, Ohio; Braxton Byerson, Virginia Union, Sophomore, G, 6-3 Colonial Heights, Va.

Front Court

Kenney Boyd, Morehouse, 6-8, F, Senior, Meridian, Ms.; Duke Crews, Bowie State, Junior, C-F, 6-7, Hampton, Va.; Gregg Thondique, Virginia Union, Senior, F, 6-6 Norfolk, Va.

Honorable Mention

Back Court

Brandon Byerson, Virginia Union; Jermaine Hodges, Tougaloo; Ernest Sinkfield, Claflin; Darnell Adams Wiley College; Shaun Dumas, Xavier (La.); Will Gill, Saint Augustine’s College.

Front Court

Jeral Davis, Talladega; Jeremy Cable, Tougaloo; Jerry Hollis, Johnson C. Smith; Michael Holmes, Benedict; Landon Bertram, Oakwood University; Anthony Wynn, Saint Paul’s.


Player of The Year: Anthony Hilliard, Elizabeth City State.

Coach of The Year: Ron Woodard, Claflin University.

Defensive Player of The Year: James Dillard, Johnson C. Smith.