Ishaq Pitt is first UMES student to win MEAC Student-Athlete of the Year award

PRINCESS ANNE — Ishaq Pitt of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore was named the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Male Student-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced. Pitt, who was a four-year letter winner in men’s basketball will be awarded the honor during a special on-campus event to be announced at a later time.

“I am thrilled to congratulate Ishaq Pitt as the 2015 MEAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas. “Mr. Pitt has displayed academic and athletic excellence, hard work, dedication and service in the community throughout his four years at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. I would further like to acknowledge Mr. Pitt’s parents, the UMES administrators, athletic and academic support staffs and coaches who have guided him throughout his collegiate career.”

“I can’t believe it,” said Pitt who is working with the prestigious firm of Deloitte & Touche in New Jersey as a member of their audit staff. “I want to thank Father God, my family, my professors, my coaches and the athletic administration. I am also very appreciative of the MEAC for having this award for student-athletes and recognizing me as its recipient. The University shaped me into who I am today and I am humbled not only at winning, but for the experience they afforded me there to be a basketball student-athlete and graduate.”

Pitt was a two-year starter with the Hawks, primarily as a guard, who played all five positions throughout his career. A two-time captain and a 2012 All-MEAC Rookie Team honoree, Pitt played in a school-record 117 games (52 starts), logging 2,686 minutes, and averaged 5.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He guided UMES to their best season in 41 years last year, primarily serving as the point guard. The Pitt led Hawks made the NCAA post-season for the first time over four decades.

“I feel like this award is a great representation of the success our program had last season and the corner it has turned heading into the future,” Pitt added. “My teammates and I are really proud of where this program is headed. I have to thank them as well. It was such a pleasure interacting and competing with them on a daily basis. I would not be in the position to win this award if it were not for them. I am a proud Hawk and proud to represent UMES with this honor.”