A preseason look at the CIAA men's basketball teams

From staff reportsNovember 5, 2013 

Favorite

Winston-Salem State: Coming up short at last year’s tournament is motivation enough for coach Bobby Collins’ Rams.

Contenders

Livingstone: Blue Bears have the talent and depth to give Winston-Salem State a run for its money.

Bowie State: The Bulldogs have one of the league’s best defenders in Carlos Smith, a 6-foot-8 forward who was second in the league in blocks (36).

Sleeper

Lincoln: The Lions have methodically stockpiled talent to compete, led by 6-0 guard Derrick Washington.

5 players to watch

Emilio Parks, J.C. Smith (6-6, Jr., F): The Golden Bulls’ all-CIAA pick (15.4 ppg) has added a mid-range jumper to his arsenal.

Mark Thomas, Livingstone (5-10, Sr., G): Arguably the league’s best offensive point guard at 18.6 ppg last season. When he’s on, the Blue Bears are tough to tame.

Joel Kindred, St. Augustine’s (6-4, Sr., G): Outstanding athlete whose offense is catching up to his defensive prowess.

Preston Ross, Winston-Salem State (6-5, Sr., F): Versatile swingman who can create matchup headaches, especially in space.

Omar Briggs, Virginia Union (6-8, Sr., C): Panthers’ success could hinge on getting him more shots (46 percent accuracy last season).

Did you know ...

•  J.C. Smith coach Steve Joyner is the league’s active leader in wins with 465.

•  Livingstone advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in 2013 and is ranked 18th in the preseason national poll.

•  Chowan assistant coach Willie McGee was a high school teammate of NBA MVP LeBron James at St. Vincent St. Mary High in Akron, Ohio.

•  Former Duke standout and Shaw coach Robert Brickey is an assistant at Fayetteville State.

•  Charlotte is hosting its ninth straight, and perhaps final, CIAA tournament in February at Time Warner Cable Arena. The next host city could be announced by early next year.

Herb White

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