By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER, Mass. – For the fourth-staight week, the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) and Noontime Sports is proud to unveil our WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Week Four), including our player and rookie(s) of the week.
Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola continued to put up big numbers for the Hawks, as Becker went won a pair of contests last week. The junior forward averaged 21 points, 10.5 rebounds and two blocks per game, while making 66 percent of his shots. Durodola scored 20 points in Becker’s 75-68 win at Lesley on Saturday, and he continues to lead the conference in rebounding.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption | Fr. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic came up big for the Hounds last week, averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while making six of nine trifectas and shooting 41.2 percent from the floor overall. In a loss to St. Anselm, he posted eight points, three rebounds and one block. He then made his first career start against Merrimack and scored a career-high 15 points with six rebounds as Assumption fell 62-59 to Merrimack.
DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr.| New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 23.3 points per game and shot 50 percent from the field as the Bison completed a 3-0 week. He recorded his third 30-point effort of the season with 35 points (five three-pointers) in a road win at Western New England on Tuesday. After scoring 12 in a win at Newbury on Thursday, Bruton filled the stat sheet with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals in a win against Framingham State on Saturday. He is averaging 22.2 ppg this season.
Men’s Honor Roll
Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Cross began the week tallying 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds against Maine. A few days later, he led the Crusaders with 28 points, six rebounds, five swipes and four assists in a victory over Quinnipiac. He scored all 11 of Holy Cross’ in an 11-2 first half run, which gave the Crusaders a 10-point lead over the Bobcats. Additionally, set a career-best with 28 points and five steals in the team’s win against Quinnipiac.
Damien Rance (Assumption | Soph. | Melbourne, Australia): Rance was solid for the Hounds this past week, averaging 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in a pair of losses. In a loss to St. Anselm, Rance scored 15 points with seven rebounds and then follow it up with 15 points, ten rebounds and four assists in a tough three-point loss to Merrimack last Thursday.
Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White posted his first career double-double on Saturday at Lesley with 11 points and 10 rebounds on 50 percent shooting. For the week, the rookie averaged 7.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Joe Atkinson (Clark | Sr. | Milford, Mass.): Atkinson, the nation’s leading three-point shooter, fell just shy of averaging a double-double in a 3-0 week for the Scarlet and White. In an 87-85 win over Fitchburg State, Atkinson nearly had a triple-double with eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Then in a hard-fought win over Framingham State, he recorded 15 points, ten rebounds and three assists. The senior guard capped off his week with an eight-point, nine-rebound, five-assist showing in a triumph over Western New England. For the week he averaged 10.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists.
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 28.3 points per game (44.4 FG pct.) as the Bison moved to 7-2 on the season with a perfect 3-0 week. He scored 25 points to go with six boards in a road conference win at Western New England on Tuesday. Echevarria then tied a school-record with nine 3-pointers en route to scoring 34 points in a win at Newbury on Thursday. He capped the week with a 25-point, five-assist, four-rebound and four-steal performance in a win over Framingham State on Saturday. He leads the conference in scoring at 26.4 points per game.
Jamal Mustapha (Worcester State | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): The junior guard averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 2.0 assists per game in a 1-2 week for Worcester State. Mustapha led the Lancers with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in a setback to UMass Dartmouth before tallying a team-high 16 points in a loss to Gordon. In the Lancers’ first win of the season, Mustapha scored seven points and marked three steals. Overall this week, he shot 53.1 percent from the field.
Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): Cal Howes netted a career-high 17 points in the Lancers’ 63-55 win over the visiting Salve Regina University on Saturday. Howes drained four of eight triples, netted one jumper, and chipped in three free throws for a game-high 17 points. Earlier in the week, Howes chipped in six points in the setback to UMass Dartmouth, and then two points in the loss to Gordon.
Sean Doncaster (WPI | Sr. | Medford, Mass.) Doncaster scored 18.5 points per game, including a career-high 29 at Salem State on Saturday. In just 22 minutes against MCLA earlier in the week, Doncaster netted eight points and doled out seven assists.