By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
With the first week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.
Men’s Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis was dominant to start the season, averaging 25 points per game with 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals. Davis shot 53.6 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc for the week, demonstrating the same deadly shooting that saw him win the 2017 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championships’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) honor. First, against Anna Maria, Davis scored 24 points as the Hawks narrowly fell to the AMCATS in overtime, 75-74 (OT). Then, at Brandeis, the Hawks were down by nine with four minutes to go before Davis led a rally for the win, leading Becker with 26 points and seven boards.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Tyler Davern (Clark | Fr. | Webster, Mass.): In a 1-2 week for the Cougars, Davern averaged 19.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while connecting on 53.3 percent of his three-pointers. Davern was perfect at the stripe, sinking all five free-throws, while netting a career and season-best 31 points in his team’s 84-82 setback to Haverford. Against the Fords, Davern was 12 of 16 from the floor, including four of six from beyond the arc. He registered eight rebounds (five on defense, three on offense), while concluding the game with one block. Davern currently leads the unit in points per game (19.7).
Men’s Honor Roll:
Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged 19.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in three games last week. He connected on 57.1 percent of his shots from the field, while concluding his team’s copntests against Becker and Salve Regina with double-doubles. Additionally, he netted 20 points, while recording eight rebounds, including seven defensive caroms in his team’s 74-61 setback to Wesleyan.
Luca McCormick (Clark | Jr.| Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): In a 1-2 week for the Cougars, McCormick averaged 17 points and seven rebounds, while netting a season-best 22 points during his team’s 78-74 setback to Mt. St. Vincent on Sunday. Against Mt. St. Vincent, McCormick connected on 7 of 14 shots from the field, while sinking four of eight three-pointers. He also matched his free throw total against Worcester State by sinking four of eight attempts. Against Haverford, McCormick recorded his initial double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds in an 84-82 setbcack.
DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Soph. | New London, Conn.): DeAnte Bruton helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 mark this week with wins over Newbury and Lasell by averaging 21.5 points on 52% shooting to go with 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. In a 117-72 win over Newbury, Bruton scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half and added five assists, five rebounds and two steals. He followed that up with 24 points, and two steals in a 91-80 win over Lasell.
Cal Howes (Worcester State | Soph. | Maynard, Mass.): The sophomore guard averaged 19 points and five rebounds in an 0-3 week for the Blue and Gold. Howes recorded 14 points, including three triples, and seven rebounds in the Lancers’ Midnight Mayhem season opener against Clark on Wednesday morning. In the Lancers’ setback to seventh-ranked Babson on Saturday, he registered 17 points – he was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line – while recording six rebounds and two steals. In the final game of the week, Howes posted a career-high 26 points against Regis. He made 10-of-16 (62.5%) field goals, four of which were 3-pointers (50% 3-point percentage).
Erik Bjorn (Worcester State | Fr. | Holden, Mass.): The rookie averaged 11 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in an 0-3 week for the Blue and Gold. He recorded 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in the Midnight Mayhem season opener against Clark, posting six points, six rebounds, two steals, and an assist in a setback to seventh-ranked Babson, while registering 15 points with six rebounds and two assists in his team’s setback to Regis on Sunday. He shot an overall 50% from the field throughout the course of the week.
Reid Walker (WPI | Fr. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 11.5 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game to go with a team-high six assists, as well as three steals in the Engineers opening weekend. He was one of three rookies to make a significant impact in game one versus UMaine Farmington on Friday evening.