Here are our updated rankings on the best women’s and men’s basketball players from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) this season. Not much has changed 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.
- No. 5: Angel Golden, Bethune-Cookman (second in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) scoring, leads MEAC in free throw percentage, second in 3-pointers per game)
- No. 4: Niya Mitchell, guard, Texas Southern (leads Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in rebounding, fifth in SWAC scoring)
- No. 3: Ashley Bates, guard, Hampton (third nationally in steals, second in Big South scoring)
- No. 2: NaJai Pollard, forward, Delaware State (leads MEAC in scoring, second in MEAC rebounding)
- No. 1: Shakyla Hill, guard, Grambling State (fourth nationally in steals; leads SWAC in scoring, assists, steals and minutes)
On the bubble: Jackson State’s Chelsea Causey and Tennessee State’s Tia Wooten
- No. 5: Cletrell Pope, forward, Bethune-Cookman (MEAC’s leading rebounder, 12.3 rebounds per game)
- No. 4: Martaveous McKnight, guard, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (leads SWAC in scoring, 21.8 points per game)
- No. 3: Amir Hinton, guard, Shaw (leads Division II in scoring, 31 PPG)
- No. 2: Jermaine Marrow, guard, Hampton (sixth nationally in scoring, 25.3 PPG)
- No. 1: RJ Cole, guard, Howard (leads MEAC in scoring, 21.1 PPG, and assists, 6.4 per game)
On the bubble: Howard’s Charles Williams and Norfolk State’s Derrik Jamerson Jr.