BAXTER PREDICTED AS MEAC NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR BY LINDY'S SPORTS
Hakeem Baxter (pictured) was predicted to be Newcomer of the Year by Lindy's Sports
Hakeem Baxter (pictured) was predicted to be Newcomer of the Year by Lindy's Sports

Oct. 1, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Lindy’s Sports released its annual Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Predictions and University of Maryland Eastern Shore freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been predicted as Newcomer of the Year. The Hawks were selected to finish 10th overall, two spots better than their overall spot in 2012-13.

Baxter enjoyed a fantastic prep career at P.E.T. Charter in Philadelphia, Pa. The freshman averaged over 22 points-per-game and was named to the All-Public League. He became the all-time leading scorer in the history of his high school program last season and scored over 1,000 points in his four years with the Chargers.

Lindy’s writes that the Hawks have the talent to play with anyone in the league and to expect big things out of their guard play. The article writes to “keep an eye on” junior guard Ishaq Pitt (Toronto, Ontario), who they believe will give the Hawks depth and experience in the backcourt.

The prediction in the standings sees UMES stand above South Carolina St., Delaware St. and Howard. Norfolk State, who went undefeated in MEAC play last season, has been chosen to win the league. North Carolina Central sits second and is followed by Florida A&M and Coppin St.

Norfolk State’s Pendarvis Williams was predicted as MEAC Player of the Year, while also claiming the Best NBA Prospect award. Florida A&M led the conference with two players on the All-Conference teams.

UMES opens up its 2013-14 campaign at Columbia University in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

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