BALTIMORE, Md.(October 24, 2019) — The Morgan State men’s basketball team has been tabbed to finish eighth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll the league announced today.
The Bears return three starters from last year’s team, bringing back guards Stanley Davis and Sherwyn Devonish-Prince, Jr and forward David Syfax. MSU also returns guards Isaiah Burke, Kyson Rawls, and Malik Miller, along with forwards LaPri McCray-Pace, Victor Curry and Malik Miller.
“We have variety and quality returners from last year,” Kevin Broadus said. “Some of those guys have grown into being a very integral part of this program and we’ll need them to step up in order for us to be in the top half of the league.”
Broadus enters his first season at the helm of Morgan State’s program with a roster consisting of a healthy mix of holdovers, transfers, and freshmen.
“I think these folks know what they want – and they want to be good,” said Broadus, who was 37-24 with an NCAA tournament appearance during a two-year stint at Binghamton a decade ago. “That’s an appealing thing to me.”
MSU was selected to finish eighth in 2019-20, earning 101 points in the poll of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors who could not vote for their own team or team members.
North Carolina Central (203 points), who captured its third straight MEAC Tournament championship last season, edged out Bethune-Cookman (198 points) for first place honors, followed by defending regular-season champion Norfolk State.
Eight (8) Bears are back from a team that placed 10th in the MEAC. Morgan State finished the year 6-7 in the conference and 9-21 overall. MSU’s season ended with an 81-71 loss to Coppin State in the MEAC Tournament first round.
Morgan State’s 2019-20 season tips off on Wednesday, Nov. 6, with a matchup against the Central Penn Knights. The conference schedule gets underway on January 4 when the Bears travel to play Delaware State.
The Battle for Greater Baltimore will write its next chapter downtown. Morgan State is set to host Towson on Dec. 8 at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore for the Charm City Classic. The game is set for Saturday, December 8 at 1 p.m. For ticket information click here.
The 2019-20 season begins on Tuesday, Nov. 5, with seven MEAC teams in action.
The 2020 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips off March 10-14 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. For more information about the MEAC and its sponsored sports, log on to www.MEACSports.com.
2019-20 MEAC Preseason Poll
1. N.C. Central (8), 203
2. Bethune-Cookman (8), 198
3. N.C. A&T (1), 184
4. Norfolk State (2), 182
5. S.C. 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
(x) – first place votes
2019-20 MEAC Men’s Basketball Preseason All-MEAC Teams
As voted on by the MEAC’s head men’s basketball coaches and sports information directors.
Preseason Player of the Year: Cletrell Pope, Bethune-Cookman
|Cletrell Pope||F||Sr.||Bethune-Cookman||Northport, Ala.|
|Charles Williams||G||Sr.||Howard||Richmond, Va.|
|Dawani Applewhite||F||Sr.||South Carolina St.||Fayetteville, N.C.|
|Dejuan Clayton||G||R-Jr.||Coppin State||Bowie, Md.|
|Malik Maitland||G||Sr.||Bethune-Cookman||Daytona Beach, Fla.|
|Steven Whitley||G||R-Sr.||Norfolk State||Norfolk, Va.|
|Kamaron Langley||G||Jr.||N.C. A&T||Greensboro, N.C.|
|Randy Miller Jr.||G||Jr.||N.C. Central||Odenton, Md.|
|Isaiah Bailey||G/F||Sr.||Bethune-Cookman||Compton, Calif.|
|Stanley Davis||G||Sr.||Morgan State||Chester Pa.|
|MJ Randolph||G||So.||Florida A&M||Pensacola, Fla.|
|Jibri Blount||F||Sr.||N.C. Central||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
| Sherwyn Devonish– |
|G||So.||Morgan State||Bladensburg, Md.|
|Pinky Wiley||F||Jr.||Delaware State||Chesterfield, Va.|
|Jordan Perkins||G||So.||N.C. Central||Greensboro, N.C.|
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.