12 Bison Selected ITA Scholar-Athletes; Both squads earn ITA All-Academic honors

Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – Howard Athletics Media Relations)

Link to story: https://hubison.com/news/2020/7/28/mens-tennis-12-bison-selected-ita-scholar-athletes.aspx

TEMPE, Ariz. (July 28, 2020) – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) revealed its 2020 Division I Men’s & Women’s Scholar-Athletes where Howard University witnessed 12 Bison selected for their dedication off the court. The announcement came Monday (July 27).

Among the recipients included Kendall Addison (Charlotte, N.C.), Alexandra Blackwell (Austin, Texas), Hana El Sherif (Cairo, Egypt), Yemisi Ifederu (London, England), Dominique Jackson (Washington), Roger Lyn (Kingston, Jamaica), Romani Mayers (Bridgetown, Barbados), Aria Ragas (John’s Creek, Ga.), Sagar Raju (South Pasadena, Calif.), Emnet Simunyola (Lorton, Va.), Kourtni Stewart (Atlanta) and Sydney Taylor (John’s Creek, Ga.).

“I am so proud of these young men and women,” said Howard Director of Tennis Nicholas Askew. “Being able to remain focus through COVID-19 shows the type of student-athletes we have at Howard University.”

To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, each Bison maintained a 3.5 or better grade point average (GPA) during the 2019-20 academic year.

Additionally, both squads earned ITA All-Academic honors for accumulating a 3.2 or better team GPA during the 2019-20 academic year.

Collectively, 2,409 Division I student-athletes were named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and 430 men’s & women’s tennis programs received All-Academic honors.

To view the 2019-20 Division I Men’s ITA All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes, please click here.

To view the 2019-20 Division I Women’s ITA All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes, please click here.

Askew enters his first season at the helm for the Bison.


The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent five conferences: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Northeast Conference (NEC), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.


The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men's and women's varsity tennis at all levels - NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College - and over the past four decades has worked hard to achieve its charter goals.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com or visit the ITA website at www.wearecollegetennis.com.
NCCU’s McCree Named to Black AD Alliance Executive Committee
Kyle Serba  Photo Courtesy NCCU
DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree has been announced as a member of the executive committee for the newly-formed Black AD Alliance.

The Black AD Alliance is committed to promoting the growth, development, and elevation of Black athletics administrators at the Division I level. The group will engage industry decision-makers to provide exposure for aspiring Black college athletics professionals through purposeful mentoring, and foster connections with those who will aid in positioning leaders in intercollegiate athletics.

“This is an amazing group of passionate administrative leaders, but most importantly, men and women who have decided to put deeds to action by promoting, advocating and supporting each other in the collegiate athletics industry,” said McCree.

“Throughout my career as a coach and administrator, I have always supported professional organizations that promote minorities in college athletics, such as the former AVCA Minority Coaches Committee, Women Leaders in College Sports, NACDA Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, and the Women of Color AD Network,” McCree added. “I am proud to be a part of yet another organization dedicated to uplifting our profession as Black men and women.

“We need to continue raising awareness and the importance of social justice, racial equality and basic access to opportunities. I pledge my support and hope to continue to reach back and serve our mission for the greater good and the young professionals who will come behind us.”

More than 50 Black athletics directors at the Division I level have been active participants in the discussions since the death of George Floyd. Auburn University Director of Athletics Allen Greene and University of Missouri Kansas City Director of Athletics Dr. Brandon Martin will serve as co-chairs of the Alliance.

From the group, a 15-person executive committee has been established, including Omar Banks (Campbell University), Tim Duncan (University of New Orleans), Damon Evans (University of Maryland), Derrick Gragg (University of Tulsa), Charles Guthrie (University of Wisconsin Green Bay), Derek Horne (Alcorn State University), Martin Jarmond (University of California, Los Angeles), Candice Lee (Vanderbilt University), Warde Manuel (University of Michigan), Bernard Muir (Stanford University), Lee Reed (Georgetown University), Ed Scott (Morgan State University), Tamica Smith Jones (University of California, Riverside), Ingrid Wicker McCree (North Carolina Central University) and Carla Williams (University of Virginia).

Strategic priorities include promoting professional advancement among Division I Black athletics directors and minority athletics administrators, partner with NCAA senior leadership and NACDA, collaborate with MOAA, and provide a comprehensive plan for action in support of racial and social justice.

Smaller task forces have been created to include: Allies, Pipeline/Recruitment, Social Justice, HBCUs, Student-Athlete Wellness and Development and Ambassadors.
 KSU dou named to NABC Honors Court

KSU Sports 7/16/2020 | Men's Basketball  Photo courtesy KSU

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two Kentucky State University men's basketball players were amongst more than 1,350 student-athletes honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for their work in the classroom.

Sophomore Josh Wilkerson (Nashville, Tenn.) and senior Eddie Johnson-Clayton (Norfolk, Va.) were named to the 2019-20 NABC Honors Court, which highlights the talents and gifts the student-athletes possess on the court and the work done in academics.

"Eddie and Josh were able to excel academically and we're proud of how they excelled in the classroom this past year," said Kentucky State University head men's basketball coach Jamaal Jackson. "The national recognition they've received from the NABC is well deserved, and because we have a competitive group, their achievement will only push their teammates academically."

Johnson-Clayton earned 3.5 GPA while working toward his Master's in Business Administration, and Wilkerson - who is a junior academically - has a 3.3 in communications. Both student-athletes were also named to the 2019-20 SIAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: •Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
•Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year.
•Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
•Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
Six Bison Named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-Conference Team

Five Bison acknowledged on the defensive side

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Link to story: https://hubison.com/news/2020/7/27/football-six-bison-named-to-the-phil-steele-preseason-all-conference-team.aspx

CLEVELAND (July 27, 2020) – Phil Steele, nationally known as one of the best football analyst in the entire country, unveiled his 2020 Preseason FCS All-Conference squads where Howard University saw six Bison named to the team, including five on the defensive side. The announcement came Friday (July 24).

Among the honorees included Dedrick Parson (Philadelphia/First Team), Darrian Brokenburr (Manassas, Va./Second Team), Ray Williams (Detroit/Second Team), Quinton Hill (Pittsburgh/Third Team), Aaron Walker (Washington/Third Team) and Christian White (Richmond, Va./Third Team).

Parson was lone Bison to make the list on the offensive side after earning All-MEAC honors a year ago. He finished second in the league with 847 rushing yards, including five TDs on the ground. In 2018, the Philly native was selected Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Rookie of the Year.

Brokenburr and Williams earned a spot on the second team after receiving sufficient playing time in their freshman campaign. Last season, Brokenburr saw action in all 12 games where he racked up 31 tackles (25 solo) with a team-leading 3.5 sacks. For Williams, the Detroit product led HU with 61 tackles (48 solo) in 12 contests.

The trio of Hill, Walker and White made Steele’s Third Team with each Bison playing all 12 games. Hill and Walker had 56 (35 solo) and 47 (33 solo) tackles, respectively, which ranked second and third on the club. White wrapped up his rookie campaign with 44 tackles (32 solo) and a pair of sacks.

These teams were selected by Phil Steele & the draftscout.com staff. Since 2001, Draftscout.com has been the gold standard industry leading database built for compiling & charting College Football Prospects from Prep to Pro.

To view the 2020 Phil Steele’s FCS Preseason All-America and All-Conference Teams, please click here.

On July 16, the Council of Presidents and Chancellors of the MEAC announced the league suspending all sports competition, championship and non-championship segments, for the 2020 fall season, because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

A decision is yet to be made on whether fall sports schedules will be moved to the 2021 spring semester.

About Howard Athletics

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent five conferences: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Northeast Conference (NEC), Sun Belt Conference (SBC), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.

About Phil Steele

Phil Steele is nationally known as one of the best football analyst in the entire country. His superior knowledge of the game has landed him on the voting committee for every major post season awards including the prestigious Heisman Trophy.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com or Phil Steele at www.PhilSteele.com.

MEAC Virtual Football Media Day, presented by Cricket Wireless, Postponed
Maurice Williams
NORFOLK, Va., July 23, 2020 – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) Virtual Football Media Day presented by Cricket Wireless, originally scheduled for Friday, July 31, has been postponed as a result of the conference suspending all fall 2020 sports.

Head coaches and student-athletes from each of the conference’s nine football-playing institutions were interviewed in a pre-recorded show, co-hosted by ESPN’s Tiffany Greene and Jay Walker, in the order of the predicted order of finish.

The show will go live in October, at a date to be announced, and footage will also be shared throughout the fall on the MEAC’s website and its social media channels – including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In addition, the live Zoom call set for the morning of Friday, July 31, for the media to speak with the MEAC’s nine head football coaches and select student-athletes has been canceled.

For more information on the MEAC, log on to www.MEACSports.com.
Rams’ McLean, Thompson Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

WSSU duo earns national academic honor

Trevin Q. Goodwin Photo courtesy WSSU

NEW ORLEANS, LA - There may have been limited time on the track and in the classroom for Winston-Salem State University junior Tamia McLean and senior Cierra Thompson, but they made the most of little time they did have as the two were named to the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, Thursday afternoon. The two were among 321 women from 93 institutions to earn the prestigious honor.

The USTFCCCA All-Academic Team is comprised of track & field student-athletes who have a minimum cumulative 3.25 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) through the end of the semester of competition and have also achieved an automatic or provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

The honor comes as one of many for Thompson. Earlier this year, she was a USTFCCCA All-American selection and a qualifier for the 2020 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships. She earned the selection after running the top time in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region. She finished off her terrific year when she graduated cum laude from Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management.

Winston-Salem State University junior Tamia McLean also earned a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for some terrific performances as well. She was a member of the Rams; 4x400m relay team that ran a 3:48.63 at the JDL Early Bird Invitational. She was also a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) All-Conference selection in women’s cross country. She is a Nursing major and will enter her senior season this fall.

For more information on Rams track & field,  log on to www.WSSURams.com.

VUU Women's Track Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
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7/17/2020 | Women's Track and Field

All-Academic Teams for the 2020 NCAA Division II Women's Track & Field season were announced on Thursday, July 16, by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Overall, there were 149 different programs honored for their academic excellence.

The Virginia Union women's track team captured their third straight honor, holding down a 3.56 GPA has a team. This is in tandem with also having received the CIAA Highest GPA Award for both indoor and outdoor track this year.

Exemplifying the true term scholar-athlete, sophomore Daejah Majette, individual All-Academic honoree freshman Jamara Watson, freshman Tiana Lugg, freshman Ashley White, and freshman Tamoya White all finished the year with career GPA's of 4.0. Senior Chaunsa Saunders graduated in May with a 3.9 average, ranked 3rd in her class.

No program had a better cumulative GPA than the Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) women at 3.716. The full press release can be found at: http://www.ustfccca.org/2020/07/awards/2020-ncaa-division-ii-womens-track-field-all-academic-athletes and http://www.ustfccca.org/2020/07/awards/2020-ncaa-division-ii-womens-track-field-all-academic-teams.
Terry Signs Four in First Recruiting Class

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7/23/2020 | Women's Basketball

Virginia Union University's women's basketball coach Tierra Terry has signed four players to National Letters of Intent for the 1920-21 basketball season.

Two players will be incoming freshmen while two are transfers.

Aaliyah Bevans, Jhakia Gist, Chrishyanah Alston and Sarah Placidehave all signed to continue their basketball careers at VUU.

"We are very excited about the addition of these young women to the Panther Family," said Terry. "They come from different areas of the country and bring diverse talents. Their talents will complement our exciting and dynamic team. We are looking forward to this upcoming season!"

Aaliyah Bevans (upper left) is an incoming freshman from National Christian High School. She is a 6-2 forward from Capitol Heights, Md. Bevans was a 2020 McDonald's All-American Nominee and played on a Nike Elite High School team.

Jhakia Gist (upper right) is an incoming freshman from Nazareth Regional High School. Gist is a 5'7 guard from Brooklyn, N.Y. She averaged 14 points and four rebounds per game as a senior.

Chrishyanah Alston (lower left) is a transfer from North Carolina A&T. She is a 5-8 guard from Chester, Pa. As a high school player at Sanford High School, she was First Team All-State and joined the 1,000-point club in her junior year. While Alston was playing, Sanford won three state championships.

Sarah Placide (lower right) is a transfer from Daytona State College. She is a 6-1 forward from Orlando, Fla. While a student at West Orange High School, Placide led West Orange to two district championships and played on a Top 10 team in Florida. She was also a member of the all-academic team.