By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER, Mass. – For the third-straight week, the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) is proud to unveil its men’s basketball honor roll, including our first-ever milestone honoree.
Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola was a dominant inside force over three games this past week, averaging 20.3 points and 14.6 rebounds to go along with 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Facing Newbury in Becker’s New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opener, Durodola pulled down 20 boards with 15 points in a 69-65 victory. As of press time, Durodola leads the entire conference in rebounding at 11.3 rebounds per game. For his accomplishments, Durodola was named NECC Player of the Week on Monday.
Jalen Williams (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Meriden, Conn.): Williams averaged a double-double of 14.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest as well as 1.5 assists per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He collected a double-double of 17 points and 19 boards to go along with two assists in a 91-65 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding 11 points, eight caroms and one assist in a 74-61 win against the 23rd ranked Engineers of WPI on Saturday.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 19.0 points per game and shot 54 percent from the field to help the Bison earn a pair of conference wins last week. Bruton scored a career-high 36 points against Becker on Monday before chipping in 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting to help Nichols defeat Roger Williams on Wednesday. Bruton then scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half against Wentworth on Saturday, helping the Bison erase a 12-point second-half deficit and move to 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.0 steals per game, and shot 88 percent from the free throw line (15-of-17).
Men’s Milestone: Kyle Credle (Becker | Sr. | Queens, N.Y.): Credle became the 17th Hawk to eclipse the 1,000-point-mark as he scored a game-high 26 points in Becker’s 69-65 win at Newbury College this past weekend. Credle reached the mark on a jumper with 10:33 to go in the game, a basket that got the Hawks to within one possession for the first time since 8-5 of the 13:31 mark in the first half. For the week, Credle averaged 18.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Men’s Honor Roll:
Joe Atkinson (Clark | Sr. | Milford, Mass.): Atkinson had an incredible week for the Cougars, who went 1-1. Against Connecticut College, Atkinson recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 6-of-12 from the field. A few days later against Becker, he scored a career high 32 points and added ten more rebounds, while going 12-for-14 from the field, including a sizzling 8-for-8 from behind the arc. For the week, he averaged 25.5 points and ten rebounds, finished 18-of-26 from the field and 12-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): After scoring 20 points against non-conference foe Becker on Monday, Echevarria made 14-of-16 from the charity stripe and finished with 20 points in a win over Roger Williams. On Saturday, he poured in 35 points to lift the Bison to a come-from-behind win over Wentworth. For the week, Echevarria made 28 of his 31 free throw attempts (90 percent) and also averaged 4.0 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and 2.5 steals per game.
Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.) Wisniewski rebounded from a relatively quiet game against No. 3 Tufts to average 15 points and 5.5 rebounds with a block and a steal for the Engineers. On Thursday he led the way with a game-best 16 points in 23 minutes at Framingham State before adding 14 more to go with eight rebounds in a WACBA showdown at Fitchburg State on Saturday.
Corey Gatta (Worcester State | Jr. | Sturbridge, Mass.): The junior guard averaged 13 points per game in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. He tallied 10 points, eight rebounds (team-high) and four assists in a 67-53 setback to Lasell. He then recorded 16 points, going 4-for-5 (80%) from the field, 2-for-2 (100%) from beyond the arc, and 6-for-6 (100%) from the free throw line in Saturday’s setback to Wheaton.