By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER, Mass. – Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.
Men’s Player of the Week: Paul Brooks (Worcester State | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): The senior center averaged a double-double of 14.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Brooks picked up 10 points and 13 rebounds with four blocks in the 66-54 win over Framingham State. He then collected a game-high 19 points, 13 rebounds, and another four blocks in his team’s setback to Westfield State. Overall this week, Brooks shot 57.1% from the field.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White was named NECC Rookie of the Week after averaging 16 points on 49 percent shooting with 8.3 rebounds over three games to conclude his standout rookie regular season. The Hawks finished the week 2-1 earning the second seed in the NECC Tournament.
Men’s Milestone: Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Champion paced the Crusaders with 21 points, along with a pair of steals in a 52-47 setback to Army before stuffing the stat sheet with 16 points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in a 69-54 win over American. During his team’s contest against American, Champion became the 51st student-athlete to eclipse the 1,000th point mark in program history – he recorded his 1,000th career point on a tip-in with 4:28 remaining in the second half.
Men’s Honor Roll:
Malik Brown (Assumption | Fr. | Waldorf, Md.): Brown came through with a career performance in a 1-1 week for the Hounds while averaging 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. The freshman obliterated his previous career high of seven points by going off for 21 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes to help Assumption take down St. Michael’s by a score of 98-88. Later in the week, Brown scored five points with two rebounds in just eight minutes of action.
Damien Rance (Assumption | Soph. | Melbourne, Australia): Rance was dominant in a 1-1 week for Assumption, averaging 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the floor and making 10 of 11 free throw attempts. The sophomore opened the week by netting 24 points, while tallying eight rebounds, four assists and one steal as the Hounds nearly took down Merrimack, 80-74. Rance followed it up with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists as Assumption took down St. Michael’s by a score of 98-88.
Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola’s dominance continued this past week, as he averaged 26.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 64.4 percent shooting to lead Becker to a 2-1 week. First, against Wheelock, Durodola scored 28 points with nine rebounds as he powered the Hawks to a 69-65 win. On Thursday the junior scored 17 in a narrow 87-83 loss. Finally, on Saturday, Durodola posted the second highest point total of his career as he finished with 34 points in a 102-88 victory over Mitchell.
Leonny Burgos (Fitchburg State | Sr.| Lawrence, Mass.): Burgos averaged 19.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and three steals per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He netted a career-best 29 points, one board, five assists and three steals in a 96-83 win over Salem State on Wednesday before adding ten points, two caroms, six assists and three steals in a 72-64 triumph against Framingham State on Saturday.
Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse narrowly missed averaging a double-double in the Engineers 2-0 week as he posted 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds to go with four assists, three blocks and three steals. Converse began the week with 24 points and eight rebounds at Wheaton before scoring 23 and grabbing 11 rebounds in the season finale versus Clark. He shot 50 percent from the field in both games.
Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged 11 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the field and 8 for 9 at the charity stripe in 13.5 minutes per game. He went 4 for 6 and 5 for 6 for 13 points at Wheaton, as well as all four of his rebounds on the week. On Saturday versus Clark, Wisniewski added nine points on 3 of 4 from the field and 3 for 3 at the line in just 11 minutes.