MEAC announces 2023-24 Men’s Basketball Preseason Honors

Courtesy of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Howard sophomore guard Shy Odom was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, presented by TowneBank, the conference announced today. Howard was selected as the preseason favorite to win the MEAC.  

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

Odom, the reigning MEAC Rookie of the Year, was also named the MEAC Tournament Outstanding Player of the Year after leading the Bison to their first MEAC Tournament title in 30 years, last claiming the crown in 1992, on top of the regular-season crown and a 22-win season. The nine-time rookie of the week, Odom was 15th in the MEAC in scoring (10.9 ppg), and 14th in free throw percentage (.656) and blocked shots (16). He breached the 20-point mark twice during the season and scored in double figures 17 times in 31 games with two double-doubles.  

Defending MEAC champion Howard picked up 11 first-place votes in being named the preseason favorite, while the Spartans of Norfolk State were picked to finish second and received one first-place vote. North Carolina Central and Morgan State were picked to finish third and fourth, respectively.  

Maryland Eastern Shore, Delaware State, Coppin State, and South Carolina State rounded out the predicted order of finish.  

Joining Odom on the Preseason All-MEAC First Team are Howard teammates Marcus Dockery and Jelani Williams, Norfolk State’s Christian Ings, and Delaware State’s Martaz Robinson.  

The 2024 MEAC Basketball Tournament will be held March 13-16 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. 

2023-24 MEAC Men’s Basketball 
All-MEAC Teams 
Voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors 
Preseason Player of the Year: Shy Odom, Howard 


Name Pos Class Ht. School Hometown 
Shy Odom So. 6’6” Howard Roxbury, Mass. 
Martaz Robinson Sr. 6’2” Delaware State Baltimore, Md. 
Marcus Dockery Jr. 6’2” Howard Washington, D.C. 
Jelani Williams Gr. 6’5” Howard Washington, D.C. 
Christian Ings Gr. 6’2” Norfolk State Philadelphia, Pa. 


Name Pos Class Ht. School Hometown 
Kameron Hobbs R-Jr. 5’10” Morgan State Stockbridge, Ga. 
Will Thomas R-Jr. 6’6” Morgan State Baltimore, Md. 
Brandon Stone Gr. 6’11” Delaware State Scottsdale. Pa. 
Jevin Muniz So. 6’6” Delaware State Bethlehem, Pa. 
Bryce Harris Jr. 6’4” Howard Brentwood, N.Y. 


Name Pos Class Ht. School Hometown 
Jamarii Thomas Jr. 6’0” Norfolk State Greensboro, N.C. 
George Beale Jr. So. 6’4” Norfolk State Suffolk, Va. 
Chace Davis Jr. 6’3” Maryland E. Shore Accokeek, Md. 
Jordan Simpson So. 6’5” S.C. State Orangeburg, S.C. 
Fred Cleveland Jr. Sr. 5’9” N.C. Central Baltimore, Md. 


School (First-Place Votes) Points 
1. Howard (11) 107 
2. Norfolk State (1) 96 
3. North Carolina Central 79 
4. Morgan State (2) 72 
5. Maryland Eastern Shore 55 
6. Delaware State 39 
7. Coppin State 30 
8. South Carolina State 26 

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