By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER – With the third 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: Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. poured in 37 points, seemingly unable to miss from 3-point land where he finished 10-of-14 from behind the arc and 13-of-18 from the field in the Lancers’ first win of the season over Norwich on Sunday. Watkins Jr. broke a Worcester State single-game record with the 10 three-pointers in contest. For the week, Watkins averaged 21 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game. He posted 11 points with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the setback to No. 20 Skidmore. Watkins then put up 13 points and 16 rebounds in the fallback to Lasell. He was named to the Ed Hockenbury Classic All-Tournament team this weekend where he put up 23 points against Wheaton in the opening round of the tournament before netting 37 points against Norwich.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Fr. |Jamaica Plain, Mass.): The freshman guard averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and one steal in a 1-3 week for the Blue and Gold. Cardoso scored double-digits in 3-of-4 games played this week, putting up 16 points in the setback to No. 20 Skidmore, 14 points in the loss to Wheaton, and 15 points in the Lancers’ first win of the season against Norwich. Overall this week, he shot 44.2% (19-43) from the field and 41.7% (5-12) from 3-point range. At the Ed Hockenbury Tournament alone, he averaged 14.5 points and eight assists per game.
Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fourth double-double of the season against Regis with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He connected on five-of-nine attempts from the floor and was six-of-10 from the free throw line. Against Bowdoin, Rapoza scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds.
Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption College | Soph. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic continued his strong solid season, averaging 19.0 points on 50 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in an 0-2 week. The sophomore posted 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a two-point loss to St. Michael’s but rebound with a career-high 24 points, seven rebounds and one steal against undefeated Southern N.H.
Kareem Davis (Becker College | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis continued to demonstrate why he’s one of the best players in the region, averaging 27 points, five rebounds three assists and 2.5 steals per game. The junior shot 47 percent from the floor, 47 percent from behind the arc and 92 percent from the free throw line. This included a 28 point, five rebound performance in the Hawks’ 92-73 win over Clark. As of press time, Davis was ranked second in the NECC with 21.8 points per game.
Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Junior | Lowell, Mass.): Averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. Netted a game-best 28 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in an 86-68 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding 17 points, seven boards and seven assists in a 73-71 triumph against Rhode Island College on Thursday. Concluded the week with seven points, five rebounds and two steals in a 77-45 setback to WPI on Saturday.
Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Posted eight points and three rebounds against Manhattan, while leading the team with a career-high 15 points and six rebounds against La Salle. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on the week, while hitting 66.7 percent of his field goal attempts. Floyd was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.
Daequon Antoine (Nichols | Sr. | Fort Mill, S.C.): Daequon Antoine helped the Bison post a 2-0 mark this week, averaging 21.5 points on 59.3% shooting and 60% shooting from beyond the arc to go with 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. In a 105-82 win over Endicott, Antoine knocked down 8-of-14 shots, including 5-of-8 three-pointers, to go with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. He followed that up with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting with 4-of-7 triples, five rebounds, two assists and three steals in a 100-86 win over Gordon.