Norfolk State guard Pendarvis Williams (11) draws a foul as he is blocked by Virginia forwards Evan Nolte, right, and Darion Atkins, left, during the first half of a first-round NIT college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
For the second-straight year the Boxtorow HBCU Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Award went to a player from Norfolk State (Va.)
Last season, it was forward Kyle O’Quinn, who led the Spartans to a Mideastern Athletic Conference title and upset of then No. 2 Missouri, the Big 12 champs, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. This season, it’s 6-foot-6 guard Pendarvis Williams, who’ll be taking the honor home.
The junior averaged 14.3 points and 4.5 rebounds to lead NSU to 21-12 record and an appearance in the National Invitational Tournament on his way to being named MEAC Player of the Year.
He’s joined on the Boxtorow first-team by three players from the Southwestern Athletic Conference and an NBA prospect. The group includes Southern scoring guard Derrick Beltran, the SWAC’s third-leading scorer. The Jaguars won a conference title and nearly shook up the world tying top-seeded Gonzaga with three minutes before being denied the right to become the first No. 16 seed to outs a No. 1, Texas Southern’s guard Omar Strong and forwardFred Sturdivant, Bethune Cookman’s Adrien Coleman and Tennessee State’s Robert Covington.