NORFOLK, Va. — Senior forward Jibri Blount of North Carolina Central University and senior guard Rod Melton, Jr. of Florida A&M University have been selected as this week’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Co-Players of the Week, it was announced today. Meanwhile, senior forward Ronald Jackson of North Carolina A&T State University has landed MEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors and freshman guard Joe French of Bethune-Cookman University is the MEAC Rookie of the Week.
Blount (F, 6-7, R-Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) had a 23-point, 11-rebound effort in his team’s lone game of the week, a victory over Florida A&M. Against the Rattlers, he went 9-for-10 from the line and added two steals.
Melton, Jr. (G, 6-1, Sr., Dothan, Ala.) led the Rattlers to a 70-68 victory over Iowa State, scoring 20 points to go along with three rebounds and two steals. He later had 18 points and four rebounds against North Carolina Central and 24 points, three rebounds and three assists in an overtime loss to North Carolina A&T State.
Jackson (F, 6-8, Sr., Clay County, Fla.) averaged 16.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a 2-0 week that saw the Aggies tally wins over Mid-Atlantic Christian and Florida A&M. In the overtime victory over FAMU, Jackson scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to go along with a pair of blocked shots.
French (G, 6-5, Fr., Orlando, Fla.) played more like an upperclassman than a freshman, as he averaged 19.0 points and 2.5 rebounds as the Wildcats defeated Howard after falling to Norfolk State. In the win over the Bison, French shot 72.7 percent from the field, scoring 25 points and grabbing five rebounds.
Other Top Performers
Cletrell Pope (BCU) averaged 11 rebounds on the week to go along with 6.0 points for the Wildcats. In a victory over Howard, he had 15 boards and eight points.
Andrew Robinson (CSU) posted averages of 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as the Eagles fell to South Carolina State and Norfolk State. He had 19 points and six rebounds against the Bulldogs and 18 points with three assists against the Spartans.
Koby Thomas (CSU) averaged 16.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals against South Carolina State and Norfolk State. His top performance was against South Carolina State, in which he scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and made six steals.
John Crosby (DSU) scored 22 points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out six assists in an 81-69 loss to Morgan State, his team’s lone game of the week.
Malik Miller (MSU) averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in leading Morgan State to wins over Delaware State and South Carolina State. He had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double against the Bulldogs.
Kameron Langley (NCAT) averaged 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.5 steals as the Aggies posted wins over Mid-Atlantic Christian and Florida A&M, the latter in overtime. Against FAMU, he had a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double — after garnering a 10-point, 11-assist double-double against MACU.
Harry Morrice (NCAT) scored 12 points and snatched eight rebounds in a 123-61 victory win over Mid-Atlantic Christian, beginning a week that saw him average 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Joe Bryant (NSU) averaged 19.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in wins over Bethune-Cookman and Coppin State — including a 21-point effort against the Wildcats and 17 against the Eagles.
Spirit Ricks (NSU) averaged 9.0 points and 7.5 rebounds during the week in which the Spartans defeated Bethune-Cookman and Coppin State.
Damani Applewhite (SCSU) averaged 22.0 points and 9.0 rebounds as the Bulldogs defeated Coppin State before falling to Morgan State. He had 24 points, 11 rebounds and three steals against the Eagles and 17 points and seven rebounds against the Bears.