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Cyonte Melvin

Virginia State University
Sports Management


Cyonte Melvin is set to graduate in May and been a solid student throughout his collegiate career.


Since arriving on campus, Melvin has played an important role on the team through his leadership and willingness to help mentor his teammates. This season, he serves as a team captain as voted on by his teammates and coaches. Melvin’s determination and effort each time he takes the court have helped him earn a place as one of the team’s most respected players.


During his four seasons on campus, Melvin and his teammates have participated in a variety of community initiatives including a back-to-school event at Dupoint Elementary, “sock it” (donated socks) and volunteering at the Ettrick food bank. In November, he helped local families by assisting with the delivery of Thanksgiving meals to less fortunate families.


Melvin was named to the CIAA preseason team. He leads the conference in field goal percentage (71.4), ranks 25th in rebounding (11 total, 8 defensive / 3 offensive), ranks 27th in scoring (245 points, averaging 11.2 ppg). Melvin is ranked second in scoring (112), leads the team in field goals (43-of-74, 56.8 field goal percentage), second in free throws (22-of-27, 81.5 free throw percentage), third in rebounds (39), second in blocked shots (3) and leads the league in minutes played (245).

Last year, Melvin helped the men’s basketball team claim the CIAA Northern Division Title. As a member of the team, the men’s basketball program is coming off the best season in school history with a 26-5 overall record. The Trojans were ranked the No. 1 team in the Atlantic Region and hosted the 2018 NCAA Atlantic Region Men’s Basketball tournament, where they advanced to the Regional Semi-finals. During the past season at one point the Trojans were 17-1 and ranked eighth in the nation.

Melvin, a native of Hampton, Va., held the Trojans’ second-best scoring average (10.1) with 282 total points and led Virginia State in free throws (85-of-117). He was ranked third in field goal percentage (47.4), and he finished the regular season with 113 rebounds (79 defensive / 34 offensive). His best game of the 2017-18 campaign was an 18-point performance to go along with five rebounds against the University Mount Olive.

*All stats as of nomination time.

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