RICHMOND, Va. -- James Madison sophomore guard Darius Banks, UNCW senior forward Devontae Cacok and Delaware freshman guard Ithiel Horton earned CAA men’s basketball accolades for their outstanding performances during conference action last week.
CAA Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week
Darius Banks, James Madison, So., G, 6-5, 220, St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg
Banks recorded his first double-double with season-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds as James Madison rallied past Towson, 74-65, last Saturday. The sophomore tallied 16 of his points in the second half as the Dukes overcame a 10-point deficit at the break. It was the third straight 20-point performance for Banks, who is 11-of-17 from 3-point range over that stretch and is hitting 51.9% of his shots from beyond the arc for the season.
CAA Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week:
Devontae Cacok, UNCW, Sr., F, 6-7, 240, Riverdale, Ga./Alpharetta
Cacok averaged 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds while also becoming the all-time leading rebounder in UNCW history last week. The senior posted back-to-back double-doubles with a team-high 24 points and 12 rebounds in a 97-83 win over Drexel last Saturday and 12 points and 12 boards in an 82-69 setback to Delaware on Thursday. He’s recorded double-doubles in all five CAA games and leads the nation with 12. Cacok also passed Keith Rendleman to become UNCW’s career rebounding leader with 1,067 and moved up to 6th on the CAA’s all-time list. This season, he ranks fifth nationally with 11.7 rpg.
CAA Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Ithiel Horton, Delaware, Fr., G, 6-3, 200, Vauxhall, N.J./Roselle Catholic
Horton averaged 20.5 points and 4.0 rebounds as Delaware split a pair of road games last week. The freshman guard made a school-record nine 3-pointers and tied a UD freshman scoring record with 31 points as the Blue Hens defeated UNCW, 82-69, last Thursday for their fourth straight CAA victory. He followed with 10 points and five rebounds in a loss at Charleston on Saturday. For the week, Horton was 11-of-21 (52.4%) from 3-point range. He leads all CAA freshmen in scoring with 13.8 ppg this season.