The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, announces the 2018 Women's and Men's Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Rookie of the Year. These outstanding student-athletes were formally recognized today during the annual Tip-Off Awards Luncheon.
Alexis Johnson, a senior forward from Virginia Union University, has been named Women's CIAA Player of the Year and Women's Defensive Player of the Year. Johnson is an offensive threat, ranked second in the conference in points per game and averaging seventeen points per game. She is currently fifth in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 51.1 percent. This season alone she has recorded 80 blocks against opponents and she averages 9 rebounds per game.
Rookie guard, Shareka McNeill of Virginia Union has earned Women's Rookie of the Year honors. The Charlotte, NC native averages 12.7 points per game, while shooting 41.2 percent from the field. She also adds 42 steals, 54 assists, and 71 rebounds on the season.
Johnson C. Smith University's senior guard, Robert Davis III, has been named Men's CIAA Player of the Year. This season Davis has topped the conference in total points scored with 590. He carries his team with an impressive 21.9 points per game and he is leading the conference in free throw percentage with 88.2 percent.
Senior forward Quincy January of Saint Augustine's University has been named Men's Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. January has always produced impressive defensive numbers and this year is no different. He leads the conference in rebounds per game with eleven and his 264 rebounds on the season ranks him second among CIAA competitors. He also has 16 steals and 21 blocks for the season.
Rookie guard Zaccheus Hobbs has been a great addition for Elizabeth City State University and has earned the Men's Rookie of the Year honor. Hobbs has scored 327 points this season, averaging 12.6 points per game. He has also recorded 36 steals and 91 assists in his first CIAA season.
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