UNCW’s Cacok finally earns first Player of the Week award

The junior center, who leads the nation in rebounding, hit for 25 points and 16 rebounds against Hofstra on Saturday.

Christine T. Nguyen—The North State Journal
UNC Wilmington center Devontae Cacok scores during a game last season (Christine T. Nguyen/North State Journal file photo)

  UNC Wilmington’s Devontae Cacok is averaging 17.5 points and leads the nation in rebounding at 13.4 per game and yet, it took until now to be recognized for the first time as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Week.

  Even then, the undersized and underappreciated 6-foot-7 junior center didn’t win the award outright. He shared the honor College of Charleston guard Grant Riller.


  Cacok earned his recognition by scoring 25 points and pulling down 16 rebounds in the Seahawks’ 90-70 win against Hofstra on Saturday. He made his first 10 shots from the floor and ended up 11 of 13 on his way to his conference-leading 18th double-double of the season.

  The game marked the ninth time this season in which Cacok has scored 20 or more points and the 19th time in which he reached double figure rebounds.

  UNCW is 8-17 (5-8 CAA) heading into Tuesday’s makeup game at James Madison. The game was originally scheduled for last Thursday, but was postponed because of a mumps outbreak on the JMU campus.