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Little guys, tall women shine in 2003 hoops

BCSP Editor

The men and women on the 2003 Black College Sports Page "Baad Team" of all-stars have a bit of contrast going.

On the men's side, guards dominate the first team as all four black college conferences named backcourt aces as their signature players.

On the women's side, it's the frontcourters that dominated as the bigs took home the hardware in three of the four conferences.


St. Augustine's Patrick Pope, Howard's Ron Williamson, Prairie View's Gregory Burks and Albany State's Flem Tucker, all seniors, are the little guys that stole the thunder from their bigger counterparts in men's basketball.

The 6-1 Pope, from Clinton, Md., led all black college scorers at 25.4 ppg., in taking home the CIAA POY award. Williamson, the six-foot deadeye from Columbus, Ohio, was the top point producer in the MEAC (21.7 ppg.) en route to being named that conference's top player. Burks, at only 5-6 from Flint, Mi., fueled the Panthers run at the SWAC title getting 18.6 ppg., second best in the conference, to get its top award. Likewise, Tucker, the tallest of the group at 6-2, paced all SIAC scorers (22.1 ppg.) while winning that honor. All but Tucker are first teamers.

Another guard, 6-2 Texas Southern senior Rakim Hollis is also on the first team. Hollis, from Tyler, Texas, led the SWAC in scoring (19.6 ppg.) while leading the Tigers to the conference title.

The only tall guy on the first five is Bowie State senior forward Tim Washington, our BCSP Player of the Year. Washington, a 6-9 Washington, D. C., native, averaged 19.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while leading the Bulldogs to the CIAA and South Atlantic Region titles.

Bowie State head coach Luke D'Alessio wins the BCSP Coach of the Year award after leading the 30-5 Bulldogs to the CIAA and South Region titles and the Final Four of the NCAA Div. II national tournament.

Shawn Ray, 6-4, Sr., NC Central (18.8 ppg.); Paul Haynes, 6-7, So., Grambling State (17.4 ppg., 7.1 rpg.); Terrance Woods, 6-2, Jr., Florida A&M (20.5 ppg.); Marco Spears, 6-4, Sr., JC Smith (20.6 ppg.); Wayne Wallace, 6-9, Sr., Virginia Union (14.7 ppg., 10.6 rpg.); WIlliam McDonald, 6-9, Sr., Grambling State (8.1 rpg., 2.7 bpg.);

Thurman Zimmerman, 6-5., So, SC State (15.0 ppg., 7.4 rpg.); Attarius Norwood, 6-8, Jr., Miss. Valley St., (16.9 ppg.); Flem Tucker, 6-2, Sr., Albany State (22.1 ppg.); Kenyon Booker, 6-9, Sr., Shaw (15.1 ppg., 10.8 rpg.); Yari Scott, 6-1, Sr., Paine (20 ppg.); Duan Crockett, 6-6, So., Va. Union (18.9 ppg., 6.8 rpg.); Richard Toussaint, Sr., Bethune-Cookman (

Bryan Chapman, Sr., Fayetteville State; Barry Hairston, Sr., Hampton; Larry Boykin, Sr., LeMoyne-Owen; Jermaine Hill, Sr., Florida A&M; Jon Smith, Sr., Bowie State


In women's hoops, it was just the opposite as frontcourt players Shameka Jackson of Alabama State, Naomi Mobley of Shaw and Kim Watson of Florida A&M got the honors. Five-six Fort Valley State guard Maria Wills was the only backcourt player to win a league's (SIAC) highest individual honor.

Mobley, a 6-2 center from Jacksonville, Fl., ran away with the CIAA's player of the year award after leading the conference in both scoring (21.7) and rebounding (15.1). She's the BCSP Player of the Year. Jackson, a 6-2 forward from Saginaw, Mi., topped the SWAC in scoring (19.6) and was fourth in rebounding (7.4). Watson, from Clewiston, Fl., led the MEAC in rebounding (10.2) while scoring 17.3 ppg.

Joining them on the first team are 5-5 Hampton sparkplug LaShondra Dixon (18.2 ppg.), a senior from Sparta, Ga., and 6-7 Jackson State junior center Amie Williams from Cleveland, Ms. Williams earned the SWAC's Defensive and Newcomer of the Year averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds and a national best 5.2 blocks per game.

Alabama State head coach Freda Freeman-Jackson earns our coach of the year award after leading the Lady Hornets (20-11) to their first-ever SWAC title and NCAA Tournament appearance.

Mandy Clark, 5-7, So., Delaware State; Chovanique Kibble, 6-1, Sr., Grambling State; Lynetta Sullivan, 5-10, Sr., Hampton; Allyson Hardy, 5-6, So., Bowie State; Maria Wills, 5-6, Sr., Fort Valley State;

Martina McCloud, 5-5, Sr., Tuskegee; Courtney Kirk, 6-0., Sr., Howard; Becky McKee, 5-11, Sr., Virginia State; Kelly Adams, 5-8, Sr., Central State; Crystal Kitt, 6-5, So., Alabama State

Jennifer Stegall, Jr., Clark-Atlanta; Danielle Evans, Sr. Fayetteville State; Sherika Tarpkins, Sr., Fort Valley State; Teairra Levy, Sr., Alcorn State; Germeletta Dyson, Sr., Paine;

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