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Here are the updated rankings of the best basketball players from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) this season. March Madness is here, as conference tournaments get ready to take over our lives.

This isn’t your last update on the ballers. You’ll get updates on how these top players and others are doing for the rest of this season.

Here are this week’s top five HBCU women’s and men’s hoopers so far this season.


  • No. 5: Angel Golden, guard, Bethune-Cookman (second in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) scoring, leads MEAC in free throw percentage, second in 3-pointers per game).

Bethune-Cookman’s Angel Golden (left).

  • No. 4: Shareka McNeill, guard, Virginia Union (No. 5 in Division II scoring at 25 points per game, set Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament scoring record with 131 points).

Virginia Union guard Shareka McNeill

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  • No. 3: Ashley Bates, guard, Hampton (third nationally in steals, leads Big South in scoring).

    Hampton guard Ashley Bates (right).

  • No. 2: Na’Jai Pollard, forward, Delaware State (eighth nationally in scoring, second in MEAC rebounding).

    Delaware State forward Na’Jai Pollard (center).

  • No. 1: Shakyla Hill, guard, Grambling State (fourth nationally in steals; leads Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in scoring, assists, steals and minutes).

Grambling State guard Shakyla Hill (right).

On the bubble: North Carolina A&T’s C’Coriea Foy and Cinia McCray.


  • No. 5: Kameron Langley, guard, North Carolina A&T (leads MEAC in assists, averages 6.4 assists per game).

North Carolina A&T guard Kameron Langley (left) .

  • No. 4: Amir Hinton, guard, Shaw (leads Division II in scoring, 29.4 points per game).

Shaw guard Amir Hinton (right).

  • No. 3: Martaveous McKnight, guard, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (leads SWAC in scoring, 20.4 PPG).

Arkansas-Pine Bluff guard Martaveous McKnight (right).

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  • No. 2: Jermaine Marrow, guard, Hampton (sixth nationally in scoring, 25.3 PPG).

Hampton’s Jermaine Marrow (left).

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  • No. 1: RJ Cole, guard, Howard (leads MEAC in scoring, 21.1 PPG; second in assists, 6.4 APG).

Howard guard RJ Cole (left).

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On the bubble: Prairie View A&M’s Gary Blackston and Norfolk State’s Nic Thomas.

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.”