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: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Samuel Durodola averaged 16.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists this past week while shooting 52 percent from the floor. In Becker’s 72-71 win at Elms last Tuesday, Durodola scored the game-winning layup with two seconds left to lift the Hawks to a one-point victory. Facing Regis two days later, Durodola posted his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 24 points with 16 rebounds, a career-high six assists, two steals and one block. The junior has helped Becker to a 4-0 start in conference play.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White had his best game of the season on Tuesday at Elms, scoring 24 points with 17 rebounds – both career highs – as Becker prevailed 72-71. For the week, White averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
Men’s Honor Roll:
Declan Soukup (Assumption | Sr. | Melbourne, Australia): Soukup averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 63.2 percent from the floor in a 0-2 week for the Hounds. The senior scored 13 points with two threes, five assists and three rebounds as his team lost 71-65 to Saint Rose. Soukup followed it up with 17 points, including 11 straight for Assumption in the second half to pull them back into the game. He added four rebounds as the Hounds erased a 15-point second-half deficit to tie the game in the final seconds before ultimately falling 80-78 at the buzzer.
Brendan Kittredge (Clark University | Soph. | Clinton, Mass.): In a huge 2-0 week for the Cougars, Kittredge averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He shot 67 percent from the field (10-for-16) and 100 percent from the free throw line (5-for-5). In Clark’s first win at Emerson since the Lions became a conference member, Kittredge sparked a key run and finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Then in a 95-85 win over Coast Guard, he scored a career-high 18 points and doled out five assists.
Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.3 steals and one block per contest in three games for the Falcons this past week. He collected 13 points, six boards, two assists and one steal in an 84-59 setback to MIT on Monday before adding 23 points nine caroms, two assists and one steal in an 83-77 setback Bridgewater State on Wednesday. Bell concluded the week by registering 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks in a 90-89 overtime win against Worcester State on Saturday.
Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross | Sr. | Bowie, Md.): Alexander began the week by posting 19 points and six rebounds in the victory over Lafayette. He followed that by leading the team with 15 points and four rebounds at Lehigh.
DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 25.5 points per game for the Bison last week, scoring 30 against Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday and 21 against first-place Endicott three days later. Bruton, who also shot 49 percent from the field and snared 3.5 rebounds per game, sits second in the conference at 21.6 points per game.
Jamal Mustapha (Worcester State | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): The junior guard scored 29 points while shooting 90% (9-of-10) from the field in Saturday’s 90-89 overtime loss to Fitchburg State. Mustapha also registered eight rebounds (four offensive) and three assists in the game.
Dave Zielinski (WPI | Jr. | Shelton, Conn.): Zielinski had a breakout week for the Engineers by making the best of his first two career starts by averaging 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals. He scored 11 points in 26 minutes against No. 1 Babson before draining a season-high seven trifectas against Emerson on Saturday.
Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 21 minutes per game for the Engineers. He notched nine points and five boards and two swipes at No. 1 Babson. On Saturday, the rookie totaled 14 points and eight rebounds in the Boynton Hillers’ first conference win of the season versus Emerson.