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Winston-Salem State head men’s basketball coach Cleo Hill, Jr. stops by after the Rams won the CIAA Tournament championship. Plus Donal gives his thoughts on the North Carolina A&T/North Carolina Central basketball game which determined the men’s MEAC regular-season championship. Click to download or listen to the podcast here: https://boxtorow.com/from-the-press-box-to-press-row-podcast-3720/

BOXTOROW - w/ Bo Torow

There are two really good shows for you this weekend. First, Dr. Ben Chavis will join me to talk about the state of Black newspapers, Wilmington Ten, etc. Listen to BOXTOROW tomorrow morning (Saturday) 7:00 in the East, 6:00 for my Central Time folks and 4:00 out West, exclusively on SiriusXM Channel 141. On FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW this weekend, I'll give you my thoughts on A&T/NCCU and have interviews with LeVelle Moton and Will Jones. Plus Winston-Salem State won the CIAA tournament title and head coach Cleo Hill Jr. stops by. Got to be NC. Tune in to one of these radio stations across the country www.boxtorow.com/affiliate-stations or tomorrow 9:00 in the East, 8:00 for my Central Time folks and 6:00 out West on SiriusXM Channel 142.  — with Bo Torow.


Winston-Salem State Men's Basketball Wins the 2020 CIAA Tournament Championship Over Fayetteville State ​




Ram Ramblings: Earl "The Pearl" Monroe cheering for WSSU men's team today from a hospital bed in New York City ​

By John Dell Winston-Salem Journal

CHARLOTTE – I could hear it in Earl “The Pearl” Monroe’s voice over the phone.

What I heard was his pride coming through in a big way as Winston-Salem State was gearing up to play in the CIAA championship game later today against Fayetteville State... CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

WSSU's Cleo Hill Jr. is named CIAA coach of the year; Rob Colon named All-CIAA

Cleo Hill Jr. of Winston-Salem State was named the CIAA coach of the year after guiding the Rams to a 16-10 record and co-champions of the Southern Division.

Cleo Hill Jr., who has brought back Winston-Salem State’s basketball program to relevance in his two seasons on the bench, has been named the CIAA coach of the year.

The voting was done by CIAA coaches and sports information directors. READ MORE



It was great to attend the 2020 CIAA Track and Field Championships held at the JDL Fast Track facilities to support our RAMS. The Rams had their game faces ready for battle. 

In speaking with the coaches, they felt like our athletes were more than prepared. It was my first time witnessing the event, and the tension in the facility was thick. 

So many events were going on at one time. I was intrigued by the skill and preparation that goes into the high jump. Those practices must be rigorous. 

There were Rams in the house supporting the program. It is always great seeing the athletes put everything on the line. I believe a lot of character building comes with collegiate sports. These experiences and friendships last a lifetime. - Cleo Hill Jr



I had a great time supporting my good friend Donna M. Jones at her Open House and Ribbon Cutting, on Friday. I've known Donna for close to two years. She is a huge supporter of the Winston-Salem community. She had so many supporters stand by her and her attend the event. It was like a who's who of Winston-Salem. Joining in the support and saying a few words was our very own mayor, James Allen Joines. 

Please take the time to visit and support my friend, Donna M. Jones - State Farm Insurance Agent, 690 Jonestown Rd Ste 300-D, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. - Cleo Hill Jr


Last Sunday, we traveled to Pennsylvania. That was our last and longest trip of the regular season. Although we played on Monday, we spent the entire Sunday traveling. 

We enjoyed the time we were able to spend with the Lady Rams basketball program. It's always great to spending time with Coach Lamonte, her staff, and her team. 

We want to give a special thank you to the Ross family. We were hosted by our current student-athlete, Justin Ross' family. His father, Monte' Ross (former Ram/MBB, current Temple University asst. coach MBB) and his lovely wife, Michelle hosted both teams at their beauty Media, PA home. We all had great fellowship, Thanksgivings style food, intense card games, and great basketball talk. The RAMILY has long arms..there are RAMS all over the globe and we are so thankful.

A Special Thank You to the Winston-Salem State University's Raleigh Alumni Chapter

It is with a joyful heart and complete gratitude that I thank our Raleigh Alumni Chapter for their generosity and thoughtful kindness. A Championship Program often has tremendous leadership out in front, but also behind the scenes. The time and effort to feed two college athletic programs are not to be overlooked. The Raleigh Alumni Chapter did not just feed the Women's WSSU Basketball Program, but also the Men's WSSU Basketball Program, after defeating Shaw University Bears. Two big dubs, two great grubs. #Ramily


Observing Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday

It was an amazing morning at the Benton Convention Center, as many gathered to celebrate the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The day started with hearty breakfast and an amazing speaker. General James Gorham's message inspired young people to remember the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our community is filled with many caring, professional people looking to promote change and peace in this beautiful neighborhood. I met new influential people and got reacquainted with professionals I haven't seen in some time. 

After the lobby, we gathered for our march throughout the city. We were led by the dance team and band of Carver High School. The students did a marvelous job despite the elements. My hands and fingertips can testify that it was the coldest day ever recorded in the history of man! The students were in step with smiles shining bright. I have no idea how they did that. 

The march ended at Union Baptist Church where the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated feed the marchers and attendees hot soup and chili. I ALSO PARTOOK IN THAT!!

I think it was a beautiful morning to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each person in their own small or large way took the time to share their thoughts on Dr. King, his era, or anything which might give a younger person a better view of what Dr. King stood for. - Cleo Hill Jr

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.