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ORANGEBURG — Former South Carolina State men’s basketball standout Tashombe Riley is set to return to the men’s basketball program for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

“Tashombe reached out to me during the spring and asked would I have any interest in him returning to our program, “said SC State head men’s basketball coach Murray Garvin.

Riley, a former Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School standout, was sidelined after an injury this past season and was unable to compete for South Alabama during the 2018-19 season.

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“After talking with him (Tashombe) my answer was of course you can come back home," Garvin said. "He was cleared by our doctors and athletic training staff and pending a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA he will be back in a South Carolina State uniform this coming season.”

Prior to transferring to South Alabama, Riley had his best season as a junior averaging 12 points and five (5) rebounds per game and was ranked among one of the best forwards in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

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During his early time as a Bulldog, he amassed more than 800 career points and grabbed more than 430 rebounds in three years.

“We have also added 6’5 swing man Omar Croskey of Sumter High School and Rashaan Edwards, a 5’11 point guard of St. Maria Goretti H.S. in Maryland, to our stellar recruiting class," Garvin said. "There will be several new faces to our program with our core guys also returning next season.

"We are really excited about the possibilities for the upcoming season.”

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Claflin among CIAA

programs in final

Directors' Cup standings

CLEVELAND, Ohio, - The NCAA Division II Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup was announced Friday and nine schools from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) were featured in the final 2018-2019 standings.

Saint Augustine's was the highest ranking school from the CIAA and the lone school from the conference to finish within the top 100, finishing 73rd overall out of 268 schools with a total score of 278.25. The Falcons accumulated points in both men's and women's track and field based on their finish at the NCAA Championships.

Bowie State (176), Virginia Union (185), and Winston-Salem State (199) each finished within the top 200. Claflin (202), Virginia State (207), Shaw (225), Fayetteville State (245), Johnson C. Smith (265) round out the schools that made the list.

The Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships.

With the CIAA not sponsoring baseball in the near future, Claflin announced earlier this month that its baseball team will compete as an associate member for the 2019-20 season in the Peach Belt Conference.

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