“We had several team members who tested positive in January and had to postpone the program, cancel several games and finally cancel our season. It was and will be the right thing for us, ”said Howard coach Kenneth Blakeney in the statement. “Ultimately, our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our student athletes, both mentally and physically. The cancellation of the season is currently in the best interests of the team. “
Howard closed Maker, who is believed to be a likely NBA candidate, because of hip problems after the team’s second game on November 27 and December 17. Eastern was knocked out the rest of the season because of concerns about playing during the pandemic. He declared himself in favor of the NBA draft on Jan. 3.
After Howard’s players were allowed to visit with family members during the Christmas break, they returned to the team’s makeshift bladder around the New Year and a significant number of them tested positive for coronavirus. The bison paused team activities on January 8 and resumed on a limited basis on January 21.
But Howard’s first scheduled return match against North Carolina Central on January 27 was canceled due to concerns about the bison program.
Howard is the third team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to drop out of their men’s basketball season. Bethune-Cookman announced in October that there would be no sports in the 2020-21 academic year. In November, Maryland-Eastern Shore announced that it would no longer play spring sports such as men’s and women’s basketball. The Ivy League teams are also giving up their basketball season due to the pandemic.
Howard joins the State of Chicago as the two national men’s teams that abandoned their season after the actual game.