Colorado football star Shedeur Sanders showing up at CIAA Tournament a big deal in HBCU scene

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Colorado football star Shedeur Sanders showing up at the CIAA Tournament was a big deal in the HBCU scene, writes Sportskeeda's Ishika Dadhwal.

"Even though (Shedeur) is no longer at an HBCU, he popped up at the Fan Fest of the CIAA Tournament," Dadhwal prefaced before saying, "It was definitely a big deal in the HBCU scene. Furthermore, the Jerry Rice Award winner wasn't just there to blend in; he was also representing Wendy's, one of the sponsors."

Lincoln University defeated Fayetteville State University in Baltimore on March 2 to win the 2023-24 CIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship, while Fayetteville State University defeated Elizabeth City State in the women's bracket.

Sanders, of course, started his collegiate career at Jackson State; playing two seasons in Mississippi before following his father, Coach Prime, to the University of Colorado in December 2022. The "Grown QB" had 70 touchdowns to just 14 interceptions during his two years with the Tigers.

He knows a thing or two about the cultural impact of HBCUs, having helped put the SWAC on the map with his father.

Colorado football star Shedeur Sanders worked with NBA shooting coach

Shedeur was not only caught taking in some hoops at the CIAA Tournament, but he took the court himself to practice with NBA shooting coach Chris Matthews. While no one is mistaking Shedeur for Kobe Bryant, Coach Prime's youngest son looks like he can challenge for a college roster spot.

We all know football players would excel the most in other sports of any athlete.

As Sanders prepares for his defining season as both a Buff and an NFL draft prospect, he's spending his final offseason as a student athlete making appearances all over the map.

One thing's for sure: ball seems to be life for the 22-year-old CU star.