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NORFOLK, Va., — Bethune-Cookman University senior forward Cletrell Pope was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, the conference announced today. North Carolina Central was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the MEAC this season.

All awards were voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.


Pope, the 2019 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, a 6-foot-9 senior forward from Northport, Ala., led the nation in offensive rebounds per game, and he finished 11th in defensive rebounds per game. He was the only player to average a double-double in the MEAC with 13.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. He closed out the 2018-19 season ranked second in the nation in double-doubles with 22. Pope finished last season among the tops in the nation in rebounds per game (third), defensive rebounds per game (11th), and he is fifth in total rebounds per game. Additionally, he earned MEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors eight times in 2018-19.

North Carolina Central captured its third straight MEAC Tournament championship last season under head coach LeVelle Moton. Moton and the Eagles finished 10-6 in MEAC play and 18-16 overall in making their third straight NCAA appearance, and they return four players and two starters from last year’s squad.

Bethune-Cookman was picked second, followed by defending regular-season champion Norfolk State.

Rounding out the rest of the preseason poll are North Carolina A&T State, South Carolina State, Howard Coppin State, Morgan State, Florida A&M, Delaware State and Maryland Eastern Shore.

Joining Pope on the Preseason All-MEAC First Team are Howard’s Charles Williams, South Carolina State’s Damani Applewhite, Coppin State’s Dejuan Clayton and Pope’s teammate Malik Maitland. Williams received All-MEAC First Team honors last season.

The 2019-20 season begins on Tuesday, Nov. 5, with seven teams in action.

The 2020 MEAC Basketball Tournament will be held March 10-14 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

2019-20 Predicted Order of Finish
As voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors; first-place votes are in parentheses

School Points
1. North Carolina Central (8) 203
2. Bethune-Cookman (8) 198
3. North Carolina A&T State (1) 184
4. Norfolk State (2) 182
5. South Carolina State (2) 124
6. Howard 109
7. Coppin State 102
8. Morgan State 101
9. Florida A&M 86
10. Delaware State 57
11. Maryland Eastern Shore 40

2019-20 Preseason All-MEAC Teams
As voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors

Preseason Player of the Year: Cletrell Pope, Bethune-Cookman

First Team
Name Pos. Ht. Class School Hometown
Cletrell Pope F 6-9 Sr. Bethune-Cookman Northport, Ala.
Charles Williams G 6-6 Sr. Howard Richmond, Va.
Damani Applewhite F 6-8 Sr. South Carolina State Fayetteville, N.C.
Dejuan Clayton G 6-2 r-Jr. Coppin State Bowie, Md.
Malik Maitland G 5-9 Sr. Bethune Cookman Daytona Beach, Fla.
Second Team
Name Pos. Ht. Class School Hometown
Steven Whitley G 6-3 r-Sr.  Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
 Kameron Langley G 6-2 Jr.  North Carolina A&T State Greensboro, N.C.
 Randy Miller, Jr. G 6-2 Jr.  North Carolina Central Odenton, Md.
 Isaiah Bailey G/F 6-6 Sr.  Bethune-Cookman Compton, Calif.
Stanley Davis G 6-5 Sr.  Morgan State Chester, Pa.
Third Team
Name Pos. Ht. Class School Hometown
MJ Randolph G 6-4 So.  Florida A&M Pensacola, Fla.
 Jibri Blount F 6-7 Sr.  North Carolina Central Pittsburgh, Pa.
 Sherwyn Devonish-Prince, Jr. G 6-1 So.  Morgan State Bladensburg, Md.
Pinky Wiley G 5-11 Jr.  Delaware State Chesterfield, Va.
 Jordan Perkins G 6-1 So. North Carolina Central Greensboro, N.C.

Courtesy: MEAC

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