By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.
Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd led the team with a career-high 22 points, six blocked shots, five rebounds and two assists in the Crusaders’ victory against American. He totaled 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists in the win over Lafayette. He hit all eight of his field goal attempts against the Leopards, becoming only the third player in school history to make 100.0 percent of his shots from the floor with at least eight attempts. For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts.
Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Austin Butler (Holy Cross | Fr. | Latrobe, Pa.): Butler led the team with a career-high 28 points and four rebounds in the Crusaders’ victory over Lafayette. He hit 11 of 15 field goal attempts and five of eight three-pointers against the Leopards. Butler pulled down four rebounds in the victory at American. For the week, he averaged 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on the week, while hitting 64.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 55.6 percent of his three-pointers.
Men’s Honor Roll
Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Mike Rapoza averaged 17.7 points in three games last week with his highest total of 21 points coming against Norwich University. He also averaged 13.7 rebounds per game last week, too, while adding three blocked shots against Albertus Magnus – he almost recorded a triple-double against the Falcons, but was two assist shy of the mark.
Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another dominant week for the Hawks, averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds with 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals and shooting 58.3 percent from the floor. Durodola was at his best in Becker’s 83-63 victory at Elms, scoring 34 points with ten boards on 64 percent shooting.
Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 14.7 points, seven rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.7 steals and one block per game over three contests for the Green and Gold. He notched 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a 65-63 win over Westfield State on Tuesday before adding 23 points, seven boards, four steals and one block in a 68-58 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. Tracy concluded the week with seven points, eight caroms, one assist, three steals and one block in a 64-56 setback to Framingham State on Saturday.
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-1 mark this week, averaging 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.7 steals per game. Echevarria scored 15 points to go with four rebounds, six assists, and three steals in a 99-85 setback to UNE. He followed that up with 35 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals in an 83-63 win at Endicott. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a 97-74 win at Gordon. For the week, he shot 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field, 40% (12-of-30) from beyond the arc, and 93.3% (14-of-15) at the free throw line.
Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Jr.| Southbridge, Mass.): The sophomore Southbridge, Mass. native averaged 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 assists in a 1-2 week for the Blue and Gold. Overall this week, he shot 54.5% (23-43) from the field, 50% (11-22) from 3-point range, and 100% (2-2) from the charity stripe. He racked up 31 points, going 7-for-11 (63.6%) from beyond the arc, with three rebounds and two steals in the setback to Bridgewater State. He then was one rebound shy of a double-double with 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Lancers’ first conference win over Westfield State. He then wrapped up the week with six points and seven boards in the loss to Salem State.