Antania Hayes


CHICAGO – Two City Colleges of Chicago student-athletes were selected as the NJCAA Division I Basketball Players of the Week on Nov. 13.

Sophomore forward Jovany Austin of the Malcolm X College men’s basketball team and freshman forward Antania Hayes of the Kennedy-King College women’s basketball team earned the national honor based on their performances from Nov. 1-10.

In two Malcolm X victories, Austin, who was also chosen as the Region IV Player of the Week on Nov. 12, totaled 70 points, 32 rebounds, four blocks and two steals while shooting 55.1 percent from the field.

In a 95-90 victory over Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) in the season opener Nov. 1, Austin had 45 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks in addition to converting 65.3 percent of his shots. The following day, he contributed 25 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks and two steals to lead the Hawks to a 137-100 win against Indiana University-Dabney.

Austin, a graduate of North Lawndale High School, is pursuing an associate of art degree at Malcolm X College and intends to major in business administration at a four-year college next fall.

In three games, Hayes tallied 68 points, 59 rebounds, 10 steals, nine assists and three blocks for Kennedy-King, which went 1-2.

In her collegiate debut Nov. 1, Hayes recorded 24 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and four assists in a 77-75 setback to Parkland College. She helped the Statesmen defeat Ancilla College (Ind.) 60-44 a day later after scoring 26 points to go along with 19 rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block.

Hayes, ranked second in the country with a 19.7 rebounds-per-game average, produced her third consecutive double-double in a 59-55 loss to Moraine Valley Community College on Nov. 5 when she finished with 18 points and 26 rebounds. Hayes also had three steals, four assists and two blocks in the game.

A graduate of Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, Hayes is enrolled in Kennedy-King College’s General Studies Program pursuing an associate degree. She hopes to major in kinesiology at a four-year college.