By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER, MASS. – With the first week of the NCAA College Basketball season in the book, it is time to unveil our first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll of the 2016-17 season, featuring our Men’s Player and Rookie of the Week.
Men’s Player of the Week:
Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in three games for the Falcons. Registered a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds as well as three assists and three steals in a 68-66 setback to Rhode Island College on Tuesday before adding 44 points, six rebounds and three steals in an 88-78 win over Regis on Friday. Concluded the week, collecting 11 points, two caroms, one assist and three steals in an 81-63 setback to Colby College on Saturday.
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 27.0 ppg last week for the Bison, who opened the season with two games last week. He scored 17 points in the season opener at Thomas (ME) on Tuesday, then scored a career-high 37 points in a win over Lasell on Saturday. Echevarria knocked down six three-pointers and went 11-of-14 from the line against the Lasers.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged nine points per game even with seeing limited minutes against Salve Regina Friday night. He debuted with 14 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists versus Eastern Connecticut. The local product scored 11 and pulled down six boards against DeSales in Saturday’s championship contest.
Karl Ziegler (Assumption | Sr. | Annadale, Va.): Ziegler was instrumental in the Hounds’ opening conference 2-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season, averaging 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the floor. Facing Stonehill, he went 6-of-9 from the floor for 16 points and seven rebounds as Assumption won 74-69. On Saturday, Ziegler put up 20 points with six rebounds as the Hounds took down St. Michael’s, 82-78.
Kareem Davis (Becker | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis began his season with a blistering start, scoring exactly 24 points in each of his first three games. Davis is shooting 45 percent from the floor, 44 percent from behind the three-point arc and 93 percent from the free throw line. Davis is also averaging 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 39.7 minutes per game.
Luca McCormick (Clark University | Soph. | Bradenton, Fla.): During a 2-1 week for the Cougars, McCormick literally carried the team to a pair of victories with two game-winning shots. First, in Clark’s 77-74 win over Worcester State, McCormick hit the game-winning three-pointer with seconds remaining to give the Scarlet and White a season-opening win. In that contest he finished with 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Then, in Clark’s 71-70 win over Newbury College, McCormick was again the hero, dropping in the game-winning/go-ahead three-point bomb with less than ten seconds left in regulation. He finished that contest with 22 points and ten rebounds. He also had 13 points and seven rebounds in the Scarlet and White’s only loss of the week, an 85-78 defeat to Rhode Island College. For the week, he averaged 19.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Jamal Mustapha (Worcester State | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): The junior guard led the Lancers in scoring this past week, averaging 14 points per game. He tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists and a block in the Lancers’ 77-74 loss to Clark. Mustapha scored a game-high 17 points in the 78-60 setback to Roanoke, and then put up another 11 in the loss to Newport News Apprentice. Mustapha finished the week with a 47.2 field goal percentage.
Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse averaged 18 points and nine rebounds in a 3-0 week for the Engineers. He was tabbed the Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament Most Valuable Player following WPI’s overtime win over DeSales. He picked up his fifth career double-double on Friday night against Salve Regina and added 21 points, including 10 in the first half during Saturday’s title game.