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If you didn’t know, here are the top HBCU men’s and women’s ballers so far this season

Howard University has three players among these top 10

Here are the best basketball players so far this season from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Not much has changed in the last month since we ranked them in January. You’ll get updates on how these top players and others are doing for the rest of this season.

Here they are, this week’s top five HBCU women’s and men’s hoopers in 2019. You’re welcome!


  • 5: Chance Graham, forward, Coppin State (leads MEAC in rebounding)

Coppin State’s Chance Graham

  • 4: Jayla Thornton, guard, Howard (MEAC leader in 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made)

Howard guard Jayla Thornton

  • 3: NaJai Pollard, forward, Delaware State (leads MEAC in scoring, 22.1 points per game)

Delaware State forward NaJai Pollard

  • 2: Ashley Bates, guard, Hampton (second nationally in steals, second in Big South scoring)

Hampton guard Ashley Bates

  • 1: Shakyla Hill, guard, Grambling State (fourth nationally in steals; leads SWAC in scoring, assists and steals)

Grambling State guard Shakyla Hill

  • On the bubble: Texas Southern’s Niya Mitchell and Prairie View’s Shala Dobbins



  • 5: Charles Williams, guard, Howard (MEAC’s second-leading scorer, 18.9 PPG)

Howard guard Charles Williams

  • 4: Martaveous McKnight, guard, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (leads SWAC in scoring, 21.8 PPG)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff guard Martaveous McKnight

  • 3: Amir Hinton, guard, Shaw (leads Division II in scoring, 31.2 PPG)

Shaw guard Amir Hinton

  • 2: RJ Cole, guard, Howard (leads MEAC in scoring, 20.7 PPG, and assists, 6.4 per game)

Howard Bison guard RJ Cole shoots a layup against the Georgetown Hoyas.

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  • 1: Jermaine Marrow, guard, Hampton (10th nationally in scoring; shooting 43 percent from 3-point range)

Hampton guard Jermaine Marrow

On the bubble: Tennessee State’s Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey and Langston’s Jorori Coleman

Eddie Maisonet is an associate editor for ESPN. He is an unabashed Russell Westbrook and Barry Switzer apologist, owns over 100 snapbacks and lives by Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “I am the straw that stirs the drink.”