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South Carolina State Picked To Win MEAC
NCA&Tís Bruce Jenkins named Preseason Player of the Year

October 30, 2001

GREENSBORO, NC - South Carolina State University, which has won or tied for the MEAC regular season title every year since 1998 has been picked by the MEAC head coaches and sports information directors to win the 2001-02 regular season title. North Carolina A&T State University forward Bruce Jenkins has been selected as the preseason Player of the Year.

The Bulldogs return three time All-MEAC performer, forward Dexter Hall, for his senior campaign, they also have seniors Greg Gray and Andre Riviera returning this year. Head coach Cy Alexander is use to winning in the MEAC, since 1993 his teams have finished no lower than second in the conference.

Jenkins comes into this season with great expectations, after displaying a dominating offensive game in last years MEAC Tournament. He averaged 14.2 points and a MEAC leading 9.9 rebounds per game last year during the regular season. Jenkins has wide body which helps him to grab rebounds, and he has a soft touch from the perimeter.

Joining him on this yearís preseason team are guards; Rasheem Sims of Coppin State and Terrance Winston of Norfolk State. Sims is 6-foot-2 and plays the game under control from his point guard position, last year he averaged 3.0 assists per game. Winston plays a similar type of game, however, he looks to score as well as distribute the ball, Winston averaged 14.8 points and 3.7 assists per game for head coach Wil Jones last year.

Andre Matthews of Delaware State and Curtis King of Morgan State join Jenkins in the frontcourt. Matthews averaged 14.8 points per game last year and he led the MEAC in field goal percentage with an impressive .54 percent clip. King, the leading returning scorer in the MEAC, averaged 15.6 points per game for the Bears. King has the ability to control a game with scoring, rebounds, a little intimidation and a lot of intensity.

All-MEAC Preseason First Team
Terrence Winston Norfolk St. Junior G Portsmouth, VA 14.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.7 apg
Rasheem Sims Coppin St. Senior G Philadelphia, PA 11.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.0 apg
Bruce Jenkins NCA&T Senior F Silver Spring, MD 14.0 ppg,9.9 rpg
Curtis King Morgan St. Senior F Philadelphia, PA 15.6 ppg , .512 fg pct.
Andre Matthews Del. St. Junior F Seaford, DE 14.8 ppg .546 fg pct.

Player of the Year runner-up: Terrence Winston NSU & Dexter Hall SCSU (tie)

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