HBCU Capsule: The Mecca | SLAM


The Mecca is a novel place. From the laughter and vibes on the yard to the swag-surfin’ on the video games in Burr Gymnasium, suiting up for Howard College is without doubt one of the finest selections I’ve ever made. 

Once I stepped onto the campus throughout a recruiting go to, I immediately fell in love with the ambiance and the completely different people who I got here throughout. Howard is a spot the place I didn’t have to fret about making an attempt to slot in, and on the courtroom, I’ve by no means needed to fear about making an attempt to alter or alter my sport. That has been important to my development over these previous 4 years. 

All through the years, my coaches and teammates proceed to encourage and remind me that the sky’s the restrict. However this fixed want to develop a program and gamers just isn’t solely seen on the ladies’s facet of the Bison Athletic program. The lads’s program has been pushing to develop an elite program for greater than 20 years.  

Again in 1991, Howard males’s basketball head coach Butch Beard put collectively a crew of specialists and employed a substitution sample that featured a beginning 5 and a five-man reserve rotation off the bench. It labored: 12 completely different gamers averaged between 5 and 12 factors. Everyone was eatin’.

Beard, a military veteran who was adamant on the advantages of bodily conditioning, used a two-platoon technique that wore down opponents with their relentless full-court strain. Throughout the Mid-Japanese Athletic Convention Event Championship sport, the Bison erased a 17-point second-half deficit to return from behind and defeat Florida A&M. We then superior to the NCAA Event for less than the second time at school historical past, and the primary time in a decade. 

We didn’t cease there, both. Howard gained seven out of eight down the stretch with the important thing catalyst being senior level guard Milan Brown, who was instrumental in 5 wins with last-second game-winners of clutch free throws. Brown was named All-Convention, whereas reserve switch senior guard Howard Holley was named event most dear participant.

Howard’s athletic prowess evokes me to wish to develop to my fullest potential in faculty, and suiting up for Howard has been an honor. Being in an area that enables me to be taught and develop has molded me into the participant, and younger lady, that I’m immediately. Shoutout to The Mecca for serving to make it occur. 

Photograph courtesy of Howard Athletics.

Jayla Thornton is a senior at Howard College, learning Sports activities Administration, and a guard on the girls’s basketball crew. Raised in Newark, New Jersey, her favourite crew is the Brooklyn Nets. You possibly can comply with her on Instagram @_jayboogiee

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