Tarke brothers, Anthony and Nendah, win MEAC Player and Rookie of the Year awards These Coppin State brothers are the first to sweep the top awards in any league in Division I men’s basketball

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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…



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