Players of the Week: Justin Ravenel and Kameron Reaves

Justin Ravenel (far right) recieving cheers from his teamates after hitting a 3-pointer against NCCU on Feb. 4.
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Congratulations are in order to the Florida A&M University men’s basketball team for dominating the court 73-57 against North Carolina Central University on Monday night.

Although the team played exceptionally well as a whole, there were not one, but two players that stood out, and they are Justin Ravenel and Kameron Reaves.

Reaves is sophomore guard from Champaign, IL. while Ravenel is a senior guard from Lithonia GA.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team, their effort, the fight, and the way the played together”, said FAMU’s head coach Robert McCullum in a post-game press conference.

“Not only did we beat a good team (Central), we beat an outstanding program,” McCullum continued, giving credit and respect to NCCU stating that he has the utmost respect for NCCU players, head coach (LeVelle Moton) and their program.

With a great amount of support from fans and the game being televised by ESPN, the team had great pressure on them, yet they prevailed.

“We were really excited, and the team was getting prepared for the game mentally. That was the most important thing,” said Ravenel.  

McCullum stated that both Reaves and Ravenel was in a totally different zone in Monday night’s game. 

Kameron Reaves getting ready to shoot a free throw against NCCU on Feb. 4.
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“They were making shots, and they played with such confidence.”

In the first half of the game, Ravenel got the team off to a wonderful start, and Reaves followed suit.

Ravenel made 8 out of the 14 field goals he attempted, hit five 3-point field goals, and drained all four of the free throws attempted.

Reaves made 8 out of the 15 field goals he attempted and had a total of three rebounds (1-offensive, 2-defensive).

Both Ravenel and Reaves combined for nearly 50 points, Ravenel had a total of 25, while Reaves had a total of 23.

In the post-game conference, Reaves talked about how he was able to get to the shots on the floor. “Starting off I knew that we were playing a great team, so I had to step up and hit shots, and my teammates did a great job at spacing the floor,” he said.

Moving forward, the team as well as the coach plans to keep the same energy and go into Saturday’s game against Howard University with their minds set on winning. They are scheduled to play at 4 p.m.