For the Tarke brothers of Coppin State — Anthony and Nendah — the 2020-21 MEAC postseason basketball awards turned out to be a family affair.
On Friday, Anthony Tarke won two awards — the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year — and was also named first-team All-MEAC. His younger brother, Nendah, was named the league’s Rookie of the Year while also being named third-team All-MEAC.
The tally of the MEAC award votes sent league officials scrambling to see if brothers had ever swept the top awards in any league in Division I men’s basketball.
It appears, according to league officials, that this is a first.
“My mother is ecstatic,” Anthony Tarke said, shortly after being told of his honor. “I’m definitely going to enjoy that moment with her. But while I feel blessed, I’m not in the mood to really celebrate because I know that we still have work to do.”
The continued work, for Anthony Tarke and Coppin, is to earn a trip to the NCAA tournament that would come by winning the MEAC tournament, which starts March 11. While Coppin has an overall losing record (9-12), the Eagles finished first in the league’s North Division and with a…