Cacok pulls in a pair of NBA G League honors

The Seahawk alum has made his presence known in the NBA’s G League


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Devontae Cacok (15) during UNCW’s Senior Night matchup with Hofstra on Feb. 16, 2019.

Noah Powers, Sports Editor

In terms of impacts, former UNC Wilmington standout Devontae Cacok cemented a large one during his time in the Port City. Now, he is on track to do the same thing in South Bay as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ G League affiliate.

It was announced last week that Cacok was the recipient of two NBA G League honors — All-NBA G League First-Team and the G League’s All-Rookie Team.

Cacok was first picked up by the Lakers, with whom he signed a two-way contract. Since then, his performance has not skipped a beat since leaving UNCW.

With South Bay, the Riverdale, Georigia native has averaged 19.4 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 33 appearances. In every game, he scored in double figures racking up 27 double-doubles and a 65.9 field goal percentage.

Cacok has also put up 20 or more points in 16 contests as well as at least 15 boards in eight games.

“It’s just been a great experience for me,” Cacok told UNCW athletic communications last summer on his time with the NBA. “I’ve just enjoyed everything about it. I’ve taken everything in, I’ve talked to a lot of people and it’s just been a great experience for me.”

During his time in Wilmington, Seahawk fans saw much of the same. Cacok was a standout in Colonial Athletic Association play, earning All-CAA and All-CAA Defensive Team honors three times. He also set the UNCW record for career rebounds, reaching 1,263 boards by the end of his senior season.

He also made waves at the national collegiate level, becoming the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead three statistical categories in three different seasons (field goal percentage, 2016-17; rebounding, 2017-18; double-doubles 2018-19). This was accompanied by two NCAA tournament appearances (2016 and 2017).

As a Seahawk, Cacok also helped lead the team to back-to-back CAA championships in 2016 and 2017.