Tuesday, April 12, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State senior basketball players Roshaun Bowens and Rod Flowers have received the prestigious honor of being selected to participate in the Second Annual Black College All-Star Game that will be played Saturday, April 16 in Cleveland, Ohio. Bowens and Flowers' selection recognizes the duo among the top 15 senior players in the country from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who will be showcased in the contest. TSU is the only school that will have two players on the HBCU roster. While 20 HBCU players were selected last year, that included TSU's Garrett Richardson, the format of this year's game has been revised. The HBCU players will be pitted against collegiate players with ties from Ohio. The game will be held at the Gund Arena, home of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. The players will depart Nashville for Cleveland on Wednesday. Practices will begin Thursday morning with the game set for Saturday night. Bowens, a Nashville native and graduate of McGavock High School, concluded his four-year career with the Tigers this past season, playing his final two seasons for TSU coach Cy Alexander. He finished with 1,447 career points, ranking 10th on the all-time career scoring list and finished with 611 career rebounds. He will graduate in May. Flowers transferred to TSU from the University of Cincinnati. He averaged 12.6 points and 8.0 rebounds a game in his lone season for the Tigers. He was slowed in late December by an ankle injury. Flowers attended TSU as a graduate student and is scheduled to receiver is Master's Degree next month. The Black College All-Star game is the first-ever All-Star game in history to be played in a NBA Arena, which showcases student-athletes from HBCU's. The game will be a part of a weeklong celebration of educational, multicultural, and entertainment activities. A celebrity basketball game featuring male/female professional athletes and nationally renowned entertainers will be held immediately preceding the All-Star game.