Player of the Week: UNCW's Devontate Cacok almost sees a 20-20 average
The Seahawks could be back in the NCAA Tournament next year if Cacok returns for his senior season
As always here at CBS Sports, we give no bias to our weekly awards an honors. No matter the team you play for or the league you are in, if you perform well enough you will always be under consideration for our national Player of the Week honors presented by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans.
In some weeks, you'll win it.
And so that's the case with UNC Wilmington's Devontae Cacok, a junior power forward for the Seahawks who averaged 23.0 points and a ridiculous 19.0 rebounds in a win against Elon (87-63) and a loss to Charleston (88-64). The Seahawks cruised past Elon, but Charleston, which is considered the favorite to win the CAA Tournament in early March, was able to overcome Cacok's interior domination.
Against Elon last Thursday, Cacok had 17 points and 21 rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting. And he did it in just 30 minutes of playing time. Approximately 48 hours later, Cacok put up 29 points and 17 rebounds vs. Charleston. He shot 13 for 22 from the field, bringing him to 58 percent shooting in the past week. Impressive numbers for a player that is a target every night in that CAA.
Cacok leads the nation in rebounds with 13.6 boards per game. He averages 17.8 points and is shooting 58.5 percent. Quite frankly, no one can match up on him in the Colonial. So he's a classic case of being a really good player on a bad team. The Seahawks are in a year of transition after Kevin Keatts left the program to coach NC State. The team is 6-10 in the CAA and 9-19 overall under C.B. McGrath, who took the job after serving as a longtime assistant for Roy Williams at North Carolina.
Remember the name Devontae Cacok, because if he opts to return to UNC Wilmington next season he'll probably be the best player in the league -- and will have a lot of veterans coming back with him if nobody chooses to transfer.
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