|Virginia Union's Ashlee Freeman and Ray Anderson were both named to the preseason All-CIAA womens and mens squads.|
With the slight nip in the air and the calendar's turn into October, it means football isn't the only big time collegiate sport tipping off right now.
Basketball season is near as the HBCU conferences are all starting to hold their mens and womens basketball media day activities. Tomorrow, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference holds their annual Media Day in Birmingham, Ala. at 9 a.m. central time.
The SIAC Basketball Media Day can be followed on SIAC Radio or on social media, via the SIAC's Twitter page, @thesiac, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/thesiac.
Meanwhile, the CIAA held their mens and womens basketball media day on Oct. 2. Both of the 2013 championship teams, Livingstone (Southern Division) and Bowie State (Northern Division), were picked to be on top of their respective divisions in 2014-2015 by the CIAA Mens Basketball Association. Livingston had two players named to the All-CIAA Mens Preseason All Conference team in Eric Dubose and Eric Mayo. Winston-Salem State, picked to finish second in the North, also had two players named to the All-Conference team in the CIAA's leading returning scorer, Marquez Jones and double-digit scorer Wykevin Bazemore.
On the women's side, Fayetteville State and Virginia State were chosen to top the Southern and Northern divisions this season. Last year's leading scorer, Ashle Freeman, returns and leads the women's All-CIAA Preseason team. Freeman averaged 20.5 points a game for Virginia Union and was second in steals and fourth in free throw percentage last season.
To see the CIAA mens and womens basketball predicted order of finish and the All-CIAA preseason teams, go to http://www.theciaa.com/sports/mbkb/2014-15/releases/141002_bkb_preseason_picks.