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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018-19

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Kobe Gantz played just seven games last season before suffering a season-ending injury. If healthy, Gantz will be one of the biggest names in the MEAC in 2018-19. (Source: Newsday) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

SARNIA, Ont. — The 2018-19 season is just around the corner, and excitement continues to build with each passing day.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at names to know in each conference across the NCAA to help fans get caught up with who is returning this season, and give them some underrated names to know for the 2018-19 campaign. The biggest names in each conference won’t necessarily be featured, as the goal is to bring attention to some underrated talents across the country.

Changes are coming in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and they begin to take place in 2018-19.

The Hampton Pirates have moved to the Big South Conference, ending their tenure in the MEAC, and they will begin play in their new conference this season. Then, at year’s end, the Savannah State Tigers will move down to Division II, leaving the MEAC at 11 teams for the time being.

Add in player turnover, and you have 12 teams in 2018-19 that look considerably different than they did a season ago. Star players have graduated, while several others have transferred out of the conference. With all of the changes that have taken place, it’s tough to keep up to date with what’s going on.

Here are 10 returning players to know in the MEAC before the 2018-19 season gets underway on November 6th, 2018.

Note: Names like Shawntrez Davis, Raasean Davis, Charles Williams and RJ Cole weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018-19

Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

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Brampton, Ontario native Gabriel Gyamfi (20) has committed to Maryland-Eastern Shore for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Colby C.C. Athletics) (Header: Maryland-Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks have added some Canadian flare to their roster for the 2018-19 season.

Coming off a dismal 2017-18 season, one that saw the Hawks deal with injuries to their top three returning scorers from the season before, interim head coach Clifford Reed and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping for a big bounce back year in 2018-19. The trio of Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Taylor are back healthy, and will look to lead the Hawks to a MEAC crown.

With key names leaving from last year’s team, the Hawks had some holes to fill. The Hawks have already added graduate transfer Kevin Larkin to the mix, but were still looking for others to come in and fill out their roster. On Wednesday, they added another piece to the puzzle from north of the border.

Canadian wing Gabriel Gyamfi has committed to the program for the 2018-19 season, bringing a Canadian contingent to the Hawks for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

Graduate Transfer Kevin Larkin Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

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Former Niagara guard Kevin Larkin (2) has committed to Maryland Eastern Shore for the 2018-19 season as a graduate transfer. (Source: Niagara Gazette) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks had themselves an eventful 2017-18 season.

From the outset of the season, their lineup was riddled with injuries. The losses of Ryan Andino, Isaac Taylor, and Dontae Caldwell to season-ending injuries derailed any chance of a MEAC title for the Hawks. They were forced to put freshmen into prominent roles from the start, and while they fared well, their inexperience didn’t help the Hawks over the course of the season.

The team finished the year with a record of 7-25 overall, and just 3-13 in MEAC play. Head coach Bobby Collins was relieved of his duties shortly after the season ended, and Clifford Reed was named the interim head coach of the program for the 2018-19 season.

Freshmen Cam Bacote and Miryne Thomas both transferred following the season, dealing another blow to the program. However, the Hawks got some good news over the weekend that will boost their overall talent level as they look to rebound from a dismal season.

Graduate transfer Kevin Larkin committed to the Hawks for the upcoming season after playing in the MAAC for two seasons with the Niagara Purple Eagles. Continue reading Graduate Transfer Kevin Larkin Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

Maryland Eastern Shore Names Clifford Reed Interim Head Coach for 2018-19

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Associate head coach Clifford Reed has been named the interim head coach of the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks after the school opted not to renew the contract of Bobby Collins. (Source: HBCU Buzz) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Fans of the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks were left wondering ‘what could’ve been’ following the 2017-18 season.

From the outset of the season, the Hawks were riddled with injuries to their key players. The trio of Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Taylor all missed the season due to various injuries. The Hawks were forced to turn to their freshmen and walk-ons from the start of the season, and while they were competitive in some games, they were ultimately out-matched on both ends of the floor.

When all was said and done, the Hawks finished with a record of 7-25 overall, and just 3-13 in conference play. Eastern Shore finished 12th in the MEAC during the regular season, and fell in the First Round of the MEAC Tournament to the Norfolk State Spartans.

Following the dismal season, the Hawks have started to make some significant changes. That started with the head coaching position, as the school announced that it would not be renewing the contract of head coach Bobby Collins, who was the head coach of the Hawks for the past four seasons. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore Names Clifford Reed Interim Head Coach for 2018-19

Maryland Eastern Shore guard Ryan Andino will sit out 2017-18 as a redshirt

Ryan Andino averaged 12.7 points per game as a junior in 2016-17, and is known as one of the top three point shooters anywhere in the NCAA.

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The list of players who won’t suit up for the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks added another name on Saturday afternoon.

Guard Dontae Caldwell and forward Isaac Taylor are expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season due to injuries. Both were expected to be focal points on both ends of the court for the Hawks this season.

Now, on Saturday afternoon, senior guard Ryan Andino took to his Twitter account to update his friends, family, and fans on what the future holds for him this season.

Andino had been battling an ailment of his own, and was rumoured to miss ‘a handful of games’ to open the season. Andino put to rest all of the rumours on Saturday, announcing that he would be sitting out the 2017-18 season as a redshirt. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore guard Ryan Andino will sit out 2017-18 as a redshirt

Maryland Eastern Shore opens the regular season against Valley Forge

Ryan Andino will miss an extended period of time to open the season, which means Maryland Eastern Shore will look to its newcomers to play big minutes out of the gate. (Source: Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — After a dress rehearsal last week, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks open the curtain on the 2017-18 regular season on Friday night against the University of Valley Forge.

Tip-off is set for 8:00pm EST at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

The Hawks picked up an exhibition win last week at home over the visiting Christopher Newport University Captains, 61-58. They needed some late-game heroics from Ahmad Frost, who hit four free throws in the final minute to seal the deal for the home side. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore opens the regular season against Valley Forge