Howard University nabs MEAC top spot and preseason POY honor

Courtesy of MEAC Sports

Howard University 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 University 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 BasketballAll-MEAC Teams

Shy Odom MEAC Howard University

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 

Howard University nabs MEAC top spot and preseason POY honor

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