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We rank the top 5 men’s and women’s basketball players at HBCUs

If you haven’t heard of players such as Jermaine Marrow and Shakyla Hill, you will

Here are the best players so far this season from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 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!

The women

  • No. 5: Niya Mitchell, forward, Texas Southern (Southwestern Athletic Conference’s (SWAC) leading rebounder, fifth-leading scorer)

Niya Mitchell

  • No. 4: Ashley Bates, guard, Hampton (fourth nationally in steals, second in Big South scoring)

    Ashley Bates

  • No. 3: Jayla Thornton, guard, Howard (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) leader in 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made)

    Jayla Thornton

  • No. 2: NaJai Pollard, forward, Delaware State (leads MEAC in scoring, 22.7 points per game)

    NaJai Pollard

  • No. 1: Shakyla Hill, guard, Grambling State (leads SWAC in scoring, assists and steals)

    Shakyla Hill

    On the bubble: Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Shawntayla Harris and Jackson State’s Marneisha Hamer

The men


  • No. 5: Trayvon Reed, center, Texas Southern (SWAC’s second-leading rebounder, eighth-leading scorer)

    Trayvon Reed

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  • No. 4: Martaveous McKnight, guard, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (leads SWAC in scoring, 23.1 PPG)

    Martaveous McKnight

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  • No. 3: RJ Cole, guard, Howard (leads MEAC in scoring, 20.6 PPG, and assists, 6.3 per game)

    RJ Cole

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  • No. 2: Amir Hinton, guard, Shaw (leads Division II in scoring at 31.9 PPG)

    Amir Hinton

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  • No. 1: Jermaine Marrow, guard, Hampton (10th nationally in scoring; shooting 43 percent from 3-point range)

    Jermaine Marrow

On the bubble: Bethune-Cookman’s Cletrell Pope and North Carolina A&T’s Terry Harris

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.”