MEAC Announces Preseason Hoop Honors

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 17, 2009

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Norfolk State’s Michael DeLoach was selected as the MEAC men’s basketball Preseason Player of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday.

The defending MEAC champion Morgan State Bears were also picked to finish first in the conference’s preseason poll for the second consecutive year.

Deloach led the MEAC in scoring last season averaging 21.5 points, ranking 15th in the nation. He led the Spartans to their first MEAC tournament finals, playing all 40 minutes of the game, and recording 30 points including 12-of-13 free-throws.

Last year Deloach was named to the All-MEAC First Team, the MEAC All-Tournament Team and was a Second Team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District selection.

Morgan State received 20 first place votes and totaled 476 points to garner the league’s top position for the second year in a row. Led by the conference’s back-to-back Coach of the Year Todd Bozeman, the Bears were crowned tournament champions and earned their second straight regular season title last year with a 13-3 MEAC record and 23-12 overall mark.

MSU recorded several notable wins last season including victories over Marshall (72-67), DePaul (79-75), and Maryland (66-65). The Bears also knocked off the Towson Tigers in their first-ever appearance in ESPNU’s BracketBusters.

On the women’s side, Morgan State senior Corin Adams was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year.

The defending MEAC champion North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies were predicted to the win the 2009-10 crown, as voted on by the conference’s head women’s basketball coaches and sports information directors.

Adams, a 2008-09 All-MEAC first-team selection, was second in the conference with 18.2 points per game and 4.3 assists per game. She ranked fourth in the nation in steals with 3.5 per game.

The guard led the MEAC in three-point field goals made (71) and led her team in assists, finished third in rebounds and tied for second in blocks shots.

The Lady Aggies, who earned 16 of the possible 22 first-place votes and 458 points, finished the 2008-09 season with a 26-7 overall record and 15-1 mark in MEAC play.

They return three starters and eight letterwinners from a team that captured back-to-back regular season titles and earned a 14th seed in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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