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2023 Watchlist

HBCU Players

Coach Robert Jones, Norfolk State University

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Head coach Robert Jones sets out on his tenth season leading the Norfolk State men’s basketball program in 2022-23 and his 16th year overall with the Spartans. He led the program to its second-consecutive MEAC title in 2022 and an NCAA Tournament First Four win over Appalachian State in 2021.
 
The MEAC Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2021, Jones has led NSU to a .754-win percentage in MEAC play – fifth in the nation among coaches with at least 100 games coached – and made seven postseason appearances in eight years of postseason play.
 
Jones earned MEAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time of his career in 2022 as he led the Spartans to a MEAC regular season title with a 12-2 conference record. The team finished 24-7 overall, its winningest season since the 2011-12 campaign, defeating Coppin State 72-57 in the MEAC Championship to clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Jones was named MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Coach for the second consecutive year.

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Marcus

Scott V

Guard

5'11"

Central State

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Brendan Medley-Bacon

Center

7'0"

North Carolina Central

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Willie

Jackson

Guard

6'0

Central State

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Cameron Christon

Guard

6'6"

Grambling State

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Augustine

Ominu

Center

6'9"

Johnson C. Smith

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Bobby McFadden

Guard

6'3"

Wilberforce

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Cress Worthy

Guard

6'2"

Fayetteville State

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Da'Shawn Phillip

Guard

6'5"

Maryland Eastern Shore

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Dana Tate Jr. 

Forward

6'7"

Norfolk State

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Eric Boone

Forward

6'2"

North Carolina Central

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Francis "BJ" Fitzgerald

Guard

6'6"

Virginia State

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Garrett Hicks

Guard

6'0"

Alabama A&M

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Gregg Boyd

Guard

5'10"

Tuskegee

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James Love III

Center

6'11"

Virginia State

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Jeremiah Grambell

Guard

6'3"

Prairie View A&M

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Joe Bryant

Guard

6'1"

Norfolk State

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Joe Walker III

Forward

6'9"

Texas Southern

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Joirdon Karl Nicholas

Forward

6'9"

Texas Southern

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Jonathan Hicklin

Guard

6'4"

Winston-Salem State

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Jordan Simpson

Forward

6'9"

Albany State

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Jr Clay

Guard

6'0"

Tennessee State

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Keleaf Tate

Guard

6'3"

Virginia Union

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Kris Monroe

Forward

6'8"

North Carolina Central

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Malik Miller

Guard

6'4"

Morgan State

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Malik Parker

Guard

6'0"

Albany State

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Montrell Jacobs

Guard

6'3"

Kentucky State

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Nathan

Springs

Forward

6'10"

Winston-Salem State

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Raemaad

Wright

Forward

6'7"

Virginia Union

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Robert

Osborne

Forward

6'5"

Virginia Union

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Russell "Deuce" Dean

Guard

6'5"

Hampton

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Terrence Whitfield

Forward

6'5"

Virginia State

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Sam Sessions

Guard

6'0" 

Coppin State

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Tyrone Lyons

Guard/Forward

6'7"

Southern

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Kong Kong

Forward

6'6" 

Kentucky State

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Yasim Hooker

Guard

6'5"

Miles

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Jay Murrell

Guard

6'4" 

Kentucky State

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Kris Bankston

Forward

6'9" 

Norfolk State University

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Jalon Andrews

Forward

6'8" 

Kentucky State

Ohio Players

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Coach Jim Cleamons, Ohio High School Basketball, Hall of Famer

Jim Cleamons, a 6-foot-5 swingman from Columbus Linden McKinley High School, averaged 18.5 points over four years at Ohio State. He played forward as a sophomore and junior but switched to point guard in his senior year (1970-71) and led a sophomore-dominated OSU team to the Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes won an NCAA Tournament game and finished 20-6. Jim Cleamons was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972. He also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets in a nine-year NBA career. He played 652 games, averaging 12.6 points and six rebounds. Cleamons won six NBA titles as an assistant coach with Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

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Adrian

Nelson

Forward

6'8"

Youngstown State

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David Goodwin

Guard

6'0"

Cincinnati

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Jack Nunge

Forward

7'0"

Xavier

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Leon Ayers III

Guard

6'5"

Bowling Green State

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Taevion Kinsey

Guard

6'5"

Marshall

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Justice Sueing

Forward

6'6"

Ohio State

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Amari Davis

Guard

6'2"

Wright State

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Dibaji Walker

Forward

6'9"

Appalachian State

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Jacob Drees

Forward

6'7"

Cedarville

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Malique Jacobs

Guard

6'3"

Kent State

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Trey Calvin

Guard

6'0"

Wright State

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Bo Myers

Forward

6'4"

Malone

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Dewayne Cohill

Guard

6'2"

Youngstown State

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Jalani Simmons

Guard

6'5"

Southern Indiana

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Setric Millner Jr.

Forward

6'7"

Toledo

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Xavier Castaneda

Guard

6'1"

Akron

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Dane Goodwin

Guard

6'6"

Notre Dame

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Dwight Wilson III

Forward

6'8"

Ohio U.

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JT Shumate

Forward

6'7"

Toledo

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Sincere Carry

Guard

6'1"

Kent State

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Nathan Bruns

Forward

6'7"

Findlay

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