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Two local college basketball players, who previously won Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the year awards respectively, earned national player of the year honors as selected by HBCU sports fans around the country. Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes and Bowie State’s Duke Crews won the annual Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) National Player of the Year fan poll.

HSRN developed the fan poll to get all HBCU alumni, students and fans involved with the national process and to also give everyone a chance to consistently keep up with the individual performances around the country. This web site and our broadcasts are designed to keep fans abreast of all action around HBCU athletic competition.

Holmes, the Division I Men’ National Player of the Year, led the MEAC in scoring with 22.0 points per game, 9th best in the nation. He is the Bears all-time leading scorer with 1,901 points and has scored 30 or more points five times this season. Holmes lead the MEAC in made 3-point field goals (88) and ranks No. 2 in free-throws (.821) and No. 11 in steals (1.4 spg). Holmes earned the MEAC’s Player of the Week accolade five times this season and was named to the Dr. Pepper All-Tournament Team while competing in the two-day classic. Holmes, the 2009 MEAC All-Tournament MVP, was also named to the 2010 MEAC First-Team.

Katrich Williams of Alabama A&M earned the Divisiom I Women’s National Player of the Year award. The 5’8, senior guard from is the SWAC 2010 Player and Defensive Player of the Year. Williams had a standout year for the Bulldogs as she led the conference in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game. She also led the SWAC in free-throw percentage (.807), was second in 3-point field goals made (1.9 per game), and fourth in steals (2.4 per game). Williams had a conference-best 11 games with 20 points or more for the Bulldogs. Corin Adams of Morgan St finished second.

Duke Crews, the Divsion II Men, National Player of the Year is the 2010 CIAA Player of the Year. Crews’ is the only player in the CIAA that averaged a double-double, recording 16.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. In addition, he ranks second in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 2.5 per game.

Brittany Powell of Xavier (NO) is the Divsion II Women’s National Player of the Year. The 6’0 senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the second straight year, was All-GCAC as well. Powell averaged a team-leading 14.2 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Gold Nuggets. Powell leads GCAC in field-goal percentage and is the only GCAC player in the top four in the conference in points per game, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage (.766) and blocked shots.

The fan voting for the National Player and Rookie of the Year ran on the web site from March 18 thru March 29.