Cacok named Co-CAA Player of the Week

Cacok is the first Seahawk to earn the honor this season


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No. 15 Devontae Cacok

Brandon Sans, Staff Writer

Throughout UNC Wilmington’s tumultuous season, the Seahawks have continued to rely on the historic season junior Devontae Cacok has been enjoying.

The rest of the basketball world has taken note, as Cacok was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week on Monday.

Cacok earned the honor after putting on a show this past Saturday with 25 points and 16 rebounds in UNCW’s 90-70 win over Hofstra in the Seahawks’ homecoming game.

Despite the 6-foot-7, 250-pound forward leading the CAA with 18 double-doubles this season, this was the first time Cacok (or any UNCW player) earned the conference’s top weekly award.

It’s been something regularly quipped about by first-year coach C.B. McGrath, who has thought his centerpiece worthy of the honor from the beginning.

Cacok is on his way to leading all of NCAA Division I in a major statistical category for a second consecutive year after posting the nation’s all-time highest field goal percentage last season. He currently leads the nation with an average of 13.4 rebounds per game, while also averaging the most offensive rebounds (4.76) and total rebounds (334).

The honor was shared with Charleston guard Grant Riller, who averaged 26.5 points in a pair of wins over William & Mary and Drexel last week. Riller and the Cougars beat the Seahawks 80-76 earlier this year and will face each other on UNCW’s Senior Night on Feb. 17.