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Eight HBCU Basketball Players Who Deserve a Chance in WNBA

With all the attention the NFL has given to the HBCU football prospects with the HBCU Combine and HBCU Legacy Bowl, there has been a slight neglect of potential HBCU basketball prospects looking for a career on the most big stage.

There is only one former HBCU who currently plays in the National Basketball Association (Robert Covington, Tennessee State) and there have only been two HBCU players selected in the NBA Draft since 2000.

As bad as it has been for male basketball players in the HBCU, it has not been as bad as the lack of opportunities for women seeking careers in the WNBA.

In the 25-year history of the WNBA, there have only been five HBCU players drafted into the league, and only two have stepped on league ground.

There are a ton of female basketball players in the HBCU community, either still in college or recent graduates who are more than qualified to play in the WNBA.

Here, we’re going to break down eight players who stand out the most and deserve an opportunity to play at the highest level of women’s basketball.tball.

Angel Golden, Bethune-Cookman

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In Angel Golden’s two seasons as the starting first guard with Bethune-Cookman, she was arguably the best player the MEAC had to offer.

In 2017-18, she was named MEAC Player of the Year with an average of 15.7 points per game (4th in MEAC) with 84 three-pointers (2nd in MEAC) leading her team to the best overall record in the 24/7 conference.

The following season, she took her game up a notch with an average of 19.9 points per game (2nd in MEAC), making 96 three points in the lead of the MEAC once again named to the All team. -MEAC.

This time around, Golden led Bethune-Cookman to her 2nd MEAC title in school history, winning the Most Outstanding Player for Her Game in the tournament.

She scored 70 points in three games of the MEAC tournament, including two 26-point performances in the first two games.

In the NCAA tournament, Golden put in a strong performance against the eventual Notre Dame National Championship runner-up, scoring a high of 25 points while connecting on six three-pointers.

Angel Golden would be a great addition to a WNBA team looking to score in their backcourt.

Daisa Harris, Livingstone

Daisa Harris, Livingstone
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Daisa Harris’s college career began at Harford Community College where she was a big star averaging 19.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 3.9 steals in 62 games.

She then moved to Livingstone in 2018, which had an immediate impact in her first season with the team.

In 30 games, she placed second in the CIAA in score (21.2 points per game), second in assists (4.8) and led in steals (2.7) while adding 6, 1 rebounds.

His iconic performance came against Shaw, finishing with 41 points, a season-high, along with eight assists, six steals and four rebounds.

At the 2019 CIAA tournament, she helped the Blue Bears claim their first first-round victory in three years, beating Virginia State 67-63. Harris finished the game with a full line of 25 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and one block.

The 2020 season saw Harris’s numbers drop slightly although she again placed second in the CIAA in scorers (17.7), second in assists (4.0) and third in interceptions (2 , 6) while also posting 5.6 rebounds.

Harris opened the season with a bang, scoring 26 points, seven assists, six rebounds and six steals.

Chanette Hicks, State of Norfolk

Chanette Hicks, State of Norfolk
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Transfer from Virginia Tech, Chanette Hicks only played one season with Norfolk State but it was a historic season to say the least.

She topped the MEAC in points (20.0), assists (5.0) and steals (4.9), becoming the first player in conference history to win the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Award.

In only his third game with the Spartans, Hicks recorded a triple-double against Virginia University-Lynchburg with 20 points, 14 assists and 11 steals.

His best game against a Division I opponent came against Howard with 30 points, nine steals, seven assists, five rebounds and two blocks.

In her time at Virginia Tech, Hicks was equally dominant finishing in the top 20 for first-year and fifth-year flights.

WNBA teams looking for a goalie who plays both sides of the field wouldn’t be disappointing if they signed Chanette Hicks.

Kyaja Williams, Bowie State

Kyaja Williams, Bowie State
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Kyaja Williams was one of HBCU basketball’s most versatile players during her time at Bowie State. His long wingspan allowed him to be effective at both ends of the floor and would serve as a tool for success in the WNBA.

In 118 career college games, Williams has averaged 10.3 points per game, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals. During her senior season, she finished fourth in the CIAA in scorers (13.8), second in rebounds (10.1) and led in interceptions (4.1), making her the the only player to finish in the top five in each category that season.

In the last game of her career, in the 2020 CIAA Championship game, she did it all, finishing with 14 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

In a January 2019 clash against Shaw, she recorded her only career triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 steals.

In her four years with Bowie State, the team have won 20 or more games, including a combined 47-11 record as the team’s main starting forward.

Ay’Anna Bey, Benoît

Ay'Anna Bey, Benoît
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Benedict senior forward Ay’Anna Bey has been a force for the Tigers since entering the field for the team.

This season, Bey is averaging 15.7 points per game, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. In her last game against Edward Waters, she had 25 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

However, her best overall game may have been against Central State when she had 14 points, 19 rebounds, four assists, four steals and five blocks.

In 112 career games, Bey has averaged 18.1 points per game and 9.6 rebounds. Her best season came in 2018-19 when she recorded 23.7 points and 12.5 rebounds.

His iconic performance came against Clark Atlanta in the penultimate game of the season, scoring a career-high 44 points on a super efficient 21 of 23 shot from the field, adding 17 rebounds and two blocks.

Ameshya Williams, Jackson State

Ameshya Williams, Jackson State
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Reigning SWAC Defensive Player of the Year, Ameshya Williams is not only in the running for a second straight award, but she is also arguing for the title of SWAC Player of the Year.

So far, she leads the SWAC in points (16.7), rebounds (10.3), blocks (3.0) and basket percentage (53%).

In his 60 career games, the former five-star transfer from Mississippi state averages 14.6 points per game with 52% field shots, 10.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.

She has been in the top 10 for scorers in her three college seasons, in addition to being one of the top two rebounders and shot blocker each year.

One of his iconic performances this season came against Arkansas on December 7, ending the game with 18 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks.

By far the best game of her career, however, was against Alabama State in January 2021 when she registered 25 points, 23 rebounds and seven blocks.

At 6’4, she has the height to take on some of the best front row players in the WNBA today.

Whether she’ll be able to take on this challenge remains to be seen, but she absolutely deserves a chance to prove herself in the big leagues.

Shareka McNeill, Virginia Union / North Carolina A&T

Shareka McNeill, North Carolina A&T
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During Shareka McNeill’s first three years with the Virginia Union Panthers, an argument could be made that she was not only one of the best HBCU basketball players in the country, but also the best basketball players in the entire country. division II.

After a strong freshman season in which McNeill averaged 12.5 points per game, she nearly doubled her sophomore scoring average in the 2018-19 season to 24.7 points.

She helped lead the Panthers to the CIAA Championship by starting the tournament by scoring a record 59 points against Livingstone.

While her 2019-20 season has been reduced to just eight games, she’s made the most of it averaging 32.4 points per game scoring over 40 points on three occasions, including a 55-point game against Livingstone.

Now with North Carolina A&T, she has ignored some early season struggles by producing back-to-back 20-point games against East Carolina and Cincinnati respectively.

McNeill’s scoring ability will make her a prime candidate for a place on the WNBA roster.

Shakyla Hill, Grambling State

Shakyla Hill, Grambling
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If you know anything about Shakyla Hill’s college career or even her post-college career, you’d be outraged that she didn’t get a chance for the WNBA.

In 130 career games, Hill has filled the stat sheet averaging 15.9 points per game, 7.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.8 steals.

She is best known for being the only player in Division I women’s basketball history to record two career quadruple doubles. In fact, she’s one of only five women in Division I basketball to do so with the last occurrence before her own in 1993.

If that wasn’t enough that she was so dominant in college and had no luck in the WNBA, look at how awesome she has been since turning pro.

In his first season playing in Serbia in the ZLS, Hill averaged 13.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 5.7 steals.

She became the first player in league history to record a quadruple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 11 steals in a game in January 2020.

Hill is too great an all-rounder not to have received a shot in the WNBA.