DECEMBER 18, 2022

 ATLANTA (WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28, 2022) HBCU All-Stars LLC has announced its HBCU All-Stars “Player of the Week and Team of the Week” honors featuring the nation’s top HBCU student-athletes from the MEAC, SWAC, CIAA, SIAC, Tennessee State, North Carolina A&T, and Hampton Universities. 

This week’s winners from December 18th – 24th, 2022: 

• HBCU All-Stars NCAA Division I MEAC Co-Players of the Week 

Sam Sessoms, Coppin State University (Fred “Curly“ Neal Point Guard) 

Averaged 38 mpg, 22.5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals per game, and shot 50% from field for the week

DeShawn Phillips, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Sam Jones Shooting Guard) 

Averaged 24 mpg, 18 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 assist per game for the week 

• HBCU All-Stars NCAA Division I MEAC Team of the Week 

Howard University 

Went 2-0 for the week with wins over Harvard University (66-54) on the road and Mount St. Mary’s University (63-62) at home for current three game winning streak 

• HBCU All-Stars NCAA Division I SWAC Player of the Week 

Joirdon Nicholas, Texas Southern University (Anthony Mason Power Forward) 

Averaged 26 mpg, 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal per game 

• HBCU All-Stars NCAA Division I SWAC Team of the Week 

Texas Southern University 

Went 1-1 with an (82-77) win over Hampton University in neutral site game at Chris Paul’s HBCU Challenge in Vegas and had a 9-point loss on the road at Wichita State (65-56) for the week 

• HBCU All-Stars NCAA Division II CIAA Player of the Week 

Terrence Hunter-Whitfield, Virginia State University (Purvis Short Small Forward) 

Averaged 36 mpg, 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals per game, and led team to (2-0) for the week 

• HBCU All-Stars NCAA Division II CIAA Team of the Week 

Virginia State University 

Has four game winning streak and is the only undefeated team in CIAA conference. Also, VSU handed Claflin University their first loss of the season to become the Southern Division Leader at 9-0 in the league 

• HBCU All-Stars NCAA Division II SIAC Player of the Week 

Andrew Anderson, Lemoyne–Owen College (Fred “Curly Neal Point Guard): 

Averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals per game, and led team to (1-0) for the week 

• HBCU All-Stars NCAA Division II SIAC Team of the Week 

Lemoyne-Owen College 

1-0 for the week with win over Edward Waters University (76-66) for two game winning streak and overall 10-3 record in the SIAC 

HBCU All-Stars “National Spotlight Player of the Week” 

Joirdon Nicholas, Texas Southern University (Anthony Mason Power Forward) 

Averaged 26 mpg, 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal per game for the defending SWAC Champions 

HBCU All-Stars “National Spotlight Team of the Week” 

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore 

Went on the road in Philadelphia and had a big win at Temple University (86-78) 

According to Travis L. Williams, HBCU All-Stars, LLC Founder/CEO and former head coach at two prestigious HBCUs Tennessee State University and Fort Valley State University, “I am truly proud and happy as I look across the national college basketball landscape and witness our HBCU teams playing at an extremely high level going into the Christmas Holiday season. The CIAA and SIAC have started their respective conference seasons, and teams are vying and positioning themselves for the conference regular season and tournament championships. I am looking forward to the SWAC and MEAC teams finishing up a strong non-conference schedule and beginning league play in the new year. 

HBCU All-Stars LLC is very fortunate and blessed in week #2 to recognize some of the most hard-working, talented, and ambitious HBCU student-athletes and deserving teams across the country. We will continue honoring the illustrious playing careers of Fred “Curly” Neal, Johnson C. Smith University (CIAA), Sam Jones, North Carolina Central University (MEAC), Purvis Short, Jackson State University (SIAC), Caldwell Jones, Albany State University (SIAC), Anthony Mason, Tennessee State University (Independent). All of these amazing HBCU legends made their mark in this great game of basketball and reached the highest level of success in the NBA and Harlem Globetrotters. Their impact on our HBCU basketball culture is legendary and we are very excited to host the first ever HBCU All-Star Game an HBCU campus at Texas Southern University. 

This event is far more than a basketball game. HBCU All-Stars LLC will stage the HBCU All-Star Game Experience, a week-long festival that will kick off the week on Tuesday, March 28 and conclude the following Tuesday after the Championship game (April 4). It will celebrate the HBCU Experience and will be highlighted by a HBCU All-Stars College Admissions Fair, Community Outreach and Engagement, Pro Day Combine, Welcome Reception, Awards Ceremony, and Social Justice & Civil Rights panel discussion. 

Player and Team of the Week selections will also highlight and showcase the nation’s best HBCU student-athletes on our 2022-23 watch list and brilliant coaches until we announce the top 24 players in Black College Basketball on Monday, March 13, 2023. 

The HBCU All-Star Game will air live on the CBS Television Network and be available to stream on Paramount+. 


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