FSU's Anthony Shelton

Feb. 21, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. - The future looks bright for Fayetteville State basketball, both for the Broncos and the Lady Broncos.

Fayetteville State freshmen Anthony Shelton and Bria Robinson were each named to the CIAA's respective All-Rookie teams on Tuesday, the league office announced.

A two-time CIAA Rookie of the Week, Shelton, a 6-foot-1 guard from Cary, N.C., opened the season in the starting lineup for a team that welcomed back six seniors. Shelton emerged further when his team has needed him the most, setting a new career-high for points scored in a single game with 22 in a win at Livingstone, the third-most points a Broncos player has scored in a game this season. Shelton adds 2.0 assists per game as well as 1.7 rebounds per game to his 7.3 ppg average, all done in just 20.4 minutes per game.

Robinson, a 6-4 center from Belmont, N.C., is a two-time CIAA Rookie of the Week honoree, and has given the Lady Broncos a significant boost to the lineup off the bench, averaging 6.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.6 blocks per game in just 16.3 minutes per game. Robinson ranks fourth in the CIAA in blocked shots, and is shooting 50 percent from the field during her freshman season.

Winston-Salem State's Wykevin Bazemore and Virgina Union's Ashle Freeman were named the CIAA Men's and Women's Rookies of the Year, respectively.

FSU's Bria Robinson

Bazemore, a 6-foot-4 forward from Kelford, N.C., has led the CIAA in rebounding in his first season with 8.2 per game, pulling down 17 boards against Virgina Union on Jan. 7 in a game in which he added a season-high 24 points. Bazemore averages 11.1 points per game, tops among rookies in the CIAA.

Freeman, a 5-6 guard from Richmond, Va., led all CIAA rookies in scoring with 10.8 points per game. She scored a career-high 27 points in a win over Fayettevile State on Jan. 19, and is shooting 44.6 percent from the field.

Rounding out the Men's CIAA All-Rookie team is Kyree Bethel of Chowan, Elizabeth City State's Glenn Patterson, Lincoln's Derrick Washington and Shelton.

Joining Freeman on the Women's CIAA All-Rookie team is Chowan's Summer Curtis, Livingstone's Cierra York, Virginia Union's Danielle Ferguson and Robinson.

The members of the All-Rookie team will be honored at a banquet on the eve next week's CIAA Tournament in Charlotte.

CIAA Women's Rookie of the Year 4 Ashle Freeman Virginia Union Guard 5-6 Richmond, Va.

The rest of the team members are: 21/44 Summer Curtis Chowan Center 6-3 Richmond, VA 23 Bria Robinson Fayetteville State Center 6-4 Belmont, N.C. 21 Cierra York Livingstone Guard 5'7 Winston-Salem, NC 22 Danielle Ferguson Virginia Union Forward 6-0 Woodbridge, Va.

The Men's CIAA Rookie of the Year is: 22 Wykevin Bazemore Winston-Salem State Forward Kelford, NC

The rest of the team members are: 4 Kyree Bethel Chowan University Guard Fayetteville, NC 2 Glenn Patterson Elizabeth City State Guard Red Springs, NC 12 Anthony Shelton Fayetteville State Guard Cary, NC 24 Derrick Washington Lincoln Guard Washington, D.C.



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