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Meet the 2021-22 Men’s Basketball Team – The Hilltop

The players gathered to discuss the game plan. Photo courtesy of Jon Musselwhite.

After a shortened 2020-21 season, the Howard Bison men’s basketball team returned to action Monday, November 8 against the District of Columbia Firebirds.

Highlights for the upcoming season include actor Michael B. Jordan’s Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic in Newark, New Jersey (December 18), the NBA All-Star Weekend HBCU Classic in Cleveland, Ohio (February 19) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament in Norfolk, Virginia (March 9-12).

Led by Head Coach Kenneth blakeney, the Bison defeated Virginia State University and Bowie State University in their two preseason exhibition games.

Coach Blakeney won two NCAA Championships as a player with Duke University and has coached at Howard since 2019. His career includes stints at Harvard University, where he recruited NBA player Jeremy Lin, and at Columbia University, his last post before training at Howard.

Graduate student Kyle foster is the team’s veteran, as this season is his fifth as a Bison. Last season, Foster led the team in all three runs scored and was second in runs scored. Hopefully he “Purple Rain” comes down even more than three this season, as a tribute to his self-proclaimed lookalike prince.

Buffalo Chicken Wings Lover and Junior Khalil Robinson played for Howard for three seasons. His accomplishments include an impressive recovery from injury in the 2019-20 season and leading the team in total assists in the 2020-21 season.

Graduate student and native of Bowie, MD Sam green This may only be his second season as a Bison, but he has an impressive track record with him. He played four years at Drexel University and had the team’s second-highest rebound count after his first season at Howard.

Senior Deven RichmondThe season is off to a good start, averaging six rebounds in pre-season exhibition games. Richmond is a fan of the “Big Brother” reality show and, like Green, a second-year Bison and Bowie, Md., Native.

Redshirt second year Steve settling in III made the third All-MEAC preseason team, after a first year that included honors like MEAC Rookie of the Week and being the team’s top scorer. He’s set to have a much better start to the season than Washington football, his favorite NFL team.

from San Antonio Jordan Wood is returning for his second season after recording a double-digit average in his three starts last season. Wood predicts his season will be more than just “Okay,” despite what his favorite artist Kendrick Lamar might say.

After playing all five games of the shortened 2020-21 season, the second Thomas Tisserand is back for more. He will play with a soundtrack from Lil Baby and Playboi Carti to showcase him.

Graduate students Randall Mist and Tai Bibbs bring their talents from Columbia University to find Coach Blakeney.

In their first season as a Bison, they both make up for lost time. Brumant started in both exhibition games while Bibbs averaged 14 points in 27 minutes. Newcomers also share a love for singer rappers; Brumant is a fan of Joey Bada $$ and Bibbs is a fan of Drake.

Major in Sports Management Dontaire James is a sophomore transfer from Jacksonville University and was recently named to the All-MEAC preseason second team. This season, the soul food lover is looking to turn his potential into success.

Leading freshmen is Bryce harris, who was the team’s points leader in both pre-season exhibition games. Harris is hoping to build on his stride in the regular season and emulate his favorite NBA player, Russell Westbrook.

Native dc Elijah Hawkins, musician Miles stewart, Manchester United fan Ayodele Taiwo and the self-proclaimed Joe Biden lookalike Aljaz Vidmar are also freshmen trying to make a place for themselves on the team.

The team opened the regular season against the District of Columbia University Firebirds and Regent University Royals in back-to-back home competitions on Nov. 9-10.

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