MEAC Announces Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors, presented by Coca-Cola

NORFOLK, Va. – North Carolina Central’s Fred Cleveland, Jr., was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, presented by Coca-Cola. Delaware State guard Deywilk Tavarez was named Rookie of the Week, while Howard guard Bryce Harris earned Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively. 

Cleveland, Jr. (G, 5-9, 165, Sr., Chicago, Ill.) averaged 20.0 points, 10.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in a 1-1 week for the Eagles. He registered a double-double of 13 points and an N.C. Central DI school record 15 assists in the win over Coppin State, while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the charity stripe in the game. Cleveland registered 40 points, 21 assists, nine rebounds and five steals fpr the week. 

Tavarez (G, 6-2, 185, Fr., Pennsauken, N.J.) registered a career-high 31 points and 10 assists in the Hornet’s 85-71 win over the Spartans while also adding four rebounds and five steals. Tavarez shot 73 percent (8-of-13) from the field, 83 percent (5-of-6) from three-point range and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line against Norfolk State. He averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 rebounds as Delaware State split on the week. 

Harris (G, 6-4, 220, Jr., Brentwood, N.Y) totaled 39 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and three steals in a 2-0 week for the Bison. In the win against UMES, Harris posted a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double with two blocks, two assists, and one steal while shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. He followed with a 23-point performance against the Hornets, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. 

Other Top Performers 

  • Martaz Robinson (Delaware State) averaged 18.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 1-1 week for the Hornets. He posted his first career double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the DSU loss to Howard. 
  • Wesley Oba (Delaware State) tallied nine points and eight rebounds in the DSU win over NSU while totaling 12 points and 17 rebounds through two games. 
  • Will Thomas (Morgan State) scored 24 of his career-high 30 points in the second half as the Bears recorded an 88-79 win over North Carolina Central on Monday night at Hill Field House.  
  • Allen Udemadu (Morgan State) registered 16 points and 16 rebounds over two games including a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double in the win over N.C. Central. 
  • Jamarii Thomas (Norfolk State) scored a combined 35 points with 11 rebounds eight assists and two steals as the Spartans went 1-1 on the week. 
  • Jaylani Darden (Norfolk State) collected 12 rebounds and four steals in two games for the Spartans.  
  • Jordan Hairston (Howard) accumulated 43, five rebounds, six assists, and four steals.  
  • Ryan Archey (Coppin State) registered 30 points and six rebounds in a pair of games for the Eagles.  
  • Emmanuel Izunabor (North Carolina Central) swatted down three shots and stole the ball three times through two games. At Coppin State, Izunabor had a double-double performance of 10 points and 10 rebounds along with two steals and two blocks.