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Ram Ramblings: WSSU coach Cleo Hill, Jr. a part of the video that celebrates the upcoming 75th CIAA Tournament

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MBB: Rams Men's Basketball at Fayetteville State to Air on Aspire TV

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2019

Rams’ Men’s Basketball at Fayetteville State to Air on Aspire
WSSU returning to national television for CIAA Southern Division game
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winston-Salem State University Rams are set to appear on a national stage as their men’s basketball game at Fayetteville State on Saturday, February 15th will be televised live on AspireTV. The game will a part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) broadcast schedule.
The Rams and the Broncos will meet as a part of a 10-game conference slate that will include a pair of regular-season games and eight games during the 2020 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament. The CIAA Southern Division match-up between the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls and the Claflin Panthers will be the only other regular-season game to be a part of the 2019-20 CIAA broadcast schedule.
This season’s appearance will be the Rams’ first appearance on AspireTV since February 17, 2018. The Rams made some clutch plays to claim a 67-64 road win over the Broncos. Former Rams forward William Crandell led the way for the team with 22 points and seven rebounds in the game while fellow former Ram Derrick Farquarson added 17 points.
Local listings for the game will be forthcoming. For more information on Rams men’s basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.


Winston-Salem State's Men's Basketball Program, The Salvation Army, and Ken Carlson Boys and Girls club joined together this holiday season to give back to children and families in need.


Over three-thousand requests were answered and organized through this event, along with granting the wishes of homes throughout Winston-Salem. It pleases the heart to answer the gift requests from books to luxury bikes and everything in between. 

Happy Holidays, from the Winston-Salem State Men's Basketball Program. 



I had a great time during my interview with Alex Agnant, Tom Hauser and the CBS filming crew on Wednesday morning. For those who haven't heard, CBS will complete a documentary honoring the 1967 WSSU Men's Basketball National Championship team.

The documentary will take a deep dive into the inner workings of the season. We will all get a chance to see how (legendary) Coach Gaines, the 1967 team, and that season had an endless effected on our university, community, and HBCU's all over the country.  

I couldn't be more honored and humbled to be among the few who were interviewed for the documentary. It was a tremendous experience and I still feel like I'm dreaming. GOD could not have shined on me any brighter. I LOVE BEING A MEMBER OF THE RAMILY. 

The documentary will air in February, for Black History Month. - Cleo Hill Jr.


Date: Thursday, October 31 

Where: St. Joseph, MO.

After spending the inaugural two years in Evansville, IN, Small College Basketball has partnered with Missouri Western State University and the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and the SCB Division II Classic to St. Joseph, MO.  


The National Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 31, at the Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph, MO.


Additionally, St. Joseph-based Hillyard, steeped in basketball history, serves as the primary sponsor of the event.  As such, the Classic is dubbed the “SCB Division II Classic, Presented by Hillyard.”

We are honored to announce the induction of Winston-Salem State University's, CLEO HILL SR. For more information, please click here.

Dinner and Fellowship with Hoops Inc.

Date: October 29th, 2019

Who: Hoops Inc.

The Winston-Salem State Rams Men's Basketball Team and Hoops Inc. enjoyed themselves with food and fellowship, earlier this week. Hoop Inc. is always looking for new supporters with love in passion in their hearts for our Men's and Women's Basketball programs. To join the club, please contact Coach Cleo Hill Jr. for more details.


Lincoln (PA) - :10 mark

Bowie State - 10:30 mark

Shaw – 22:30 mark

Elizabeth City State – 33:11 mark

Virginia Union – 46:40 mark

Virginia State – 59:20 mark

Fayetteville State - 1:10:30 mark

Saint Augustine’s - 1:21:25 mark

Claflin – 1:31:40 mark

Livingstone - 1:43:15 mark

Johnson C. Smith – 1:53:20 mark

Winston-Salem State – 2:03:25 mark

Commissioner – 2:16:55 mark


Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2019

Who: Coaches, Staff, Friend, Family, Parents, Players, and Supporters of the Men's Basketball Program


Sunday, October 13, the Winston-Salem Men's Basketball program launched our 1st Annual Friends and Ramily Cookout. Although the rain and cold weather seemed to be against us, the event turned out to be a huge success. A special "THANK YOU" goes out to my coaching and support staff, who organized the entire event. The event was attended by our players, parents, and supporters of the program.  Due to the weather, the prepared fun and games were canceled. But, it gave us more time to bond and get to know each other outside of an athletics surrounding. Socializing and bonding time was something you could not put a price tag on.

The players proudly introduced themselves as well as their parents and guardians who were out to support them. The coaches also proudly introduced themselves and their family members who were in attendance.

The small event was a powerful experience...just what being Ramily is all about.

At the conclusion of the event, the players were issued DOG TAGS as a result of a long and grueling preseason conditioning program.

My staff is to be commended for organizing the event: Ricky Wilson, Lance Beckwith, Arnita Miles, and Brandon Talton. We will look to do it again next season!! - Coach Cleo Hill Jr.



Date: Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 

Time: Noon

Where: Terrace Room at Greensboro Coliseum 


In Tubby's 28 years as a head coach and 613 wins, he has achieved 26 winning seasons. In 2005, he joined Roy Williams, Nolan Richardson, Denny Crum, and Jim Boeheim as the only head coaches to win 365 games in 15 seasons or fewer. In the 2016 NCAA Tournament with Texas Tech's invitation, Smith became only the second coach in history to lead 5 different teams to the NCAA Tournament. With Kentucky, he coached the Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA Championship. During his 28 years of coaching, he has won numerous national and conference coach of the year awards and was the assistant coach of the 2000 winning USA gold medal basketball team. In April of 2018, he was hired to coach his alma mater, High Point University Basketball Team.  He and his wife Donna give High Point University $1 million to build a new basketball arena and conference center.  In February 2018 High Point University announced that the new basketball court will be named in their honor.  Also although he and his wife Donna no longer live in the Lexington Ky area, their Tubby Smith Foundation (TSF) continues to serve underprivileged children and while he was the coach at Kentucky raised $1.5 million in 5 years.

"Piedmont Triad Sports Club treated me with high class and I truly enjoyed myself. This is a top-notch organization that does everything first-class. I enjoyed the time I had with the legendary football coach, Bill Hayes and legendary basketball coach, Tubby Smith. I hope to be privileged enough to one day become a member." - Head Coach Cleo Hill Jr.  


Date: Friday, October 12th, 2019 

Time: Evening

Where: Dillard Auditorium located in the Anderson Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State University Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2019 inductees into the Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame. The class of 2019 will include four individuals and one team to take their place among the WSSU greats. The inductees will be entered into the hall of fame in a ceremony on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Dillard Auditorium located in the Anderson Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the Winston-Salem State versus Johnson C. Smith, Saturday, October 12th at Bowman Gray Stadium.


The Winston-Salem State University Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame is the highest athletic honor that a former student-athlete, administrator, or private individual can receive at Winston-Salem State University. “To an athlete, being enshrined into your university’s athletic hall of fame is reaching the mountaintop. There is no higher honor,” WSSU Interim Director of Athletics George Knox said. “On behalf of the entire WSSU Department of Athletics, congratulations to all inductees for reaching this milestone.” 

"I felt blessed to be at attendance. Listening to the inspiring speeches and seeing all the RED blazers in the building, was very powerful. My focus is to have my team, coaching staff, and players honored in the near future." - Coach Cleo Hill Jr.


Advancing Equity in Education


Date: Thursday, October 10th, 2019 

Time: 5:30 PM

Where: Winston-Salem State University Anderson Center, McNeil Ballroom

Launched in 2007, the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) serves as a model for rethinking philanthropy in Forsyth County’s black community.  Through engagement and encouragement, BPI educates people to utilize their philanthropic strengths of time, talent, and treasure to impact meaningful change and address identified needs in the black community.

Launched in 2007, the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) serves as a model for rethinking philanthropy in Forsyth County’s black community.  Through engagement and encouragement, BPI educates people to utilize their philanthropic strengths of time, talent, and treasure to impact meaningful change and address identified needs in the black community.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative is led by a group of community volunteers who acknowledge the traditions of sharing in the black community and seek to expand charitable giving through education and impact.


Date: Friday, October 4th, 2019 

Time: 9 AM

Where: 1301 C. E. Gray Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The WSSU Men's Basketball Team participated in a community service event at Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club in Winston Salem, NC. Our student-athletes assisted in the organization of seating charts, intercom for call ups, and cleanup at the end. The event was called "Apple Tree". Between 9 AM and 1 PM, the men and women from the community came to register, give a donation, gifts, toys, or food to any child ages one through twelve. "I was impressed with the turnout as well as the organization and communication skills of my student-athletes. We wish to thank former Ram, Sylvia Adams and the Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club for allowing us to participate in such an event." - Coach Cleo Hill Jr.