UNCWs Devontae Cacok wins first CAA Player of the Week honors

Sophomore big man making a huge impact for reigning CAA champion Seahawks early in the season

Eamon Queeney—North State Journal
Duke center Marshall Plumlee (40) and North Carolina-Wilmington forward Devontae Cacok (15) go after the ball in the second half of the NCAA Basketball Championship first round game at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence

In 28 games played last season, Devontae Cacok started just three games for UNCW and averaged just 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds. Three starts into his sophomore campaign with the Seahawks, Cacok is tallying 15 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.Yeah, he’s off to a hot start. And the CAA noticed, naming him the conference Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday.On a team loaded with talent from last year’s CAA regular season and tournament championship team, Cacok has been the biggest surprise. With three returning starters, coach Kevin Keatts isn’t shy about discussing Cacok’s potential.”We’re all very happy for Devontae,” Keatts said in a release. “He’s worked very hard to improve his game and it shows. Devontae has the potential to be one of the CAA’s best players and we’re looking forward to watching him develop. He continues to get better and better each week.”Along with his offensive and rebounding numbers, Cacok has been a force on the other end with 2.5 blocks per game. The 6-foot-7 power forward has two double-doubles in three games and posted four blocks in the only game where he didn’t reach double-digit boards.Currently at 3-0 and the only remaining undefeated team in the CAA, the Seahawks are once again looking like the team to beat in the conference. And with Cacok inside to compliment Chris Flemmings (20.3 ppg), C.J. Bryce (19 ppg) and Denzel Ingram (6.3 apg), UNCW hasn’t lost a step after making the NCAA Tournament last season.