Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok Collect NBA G League Honors

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Former Colonial Athletic Association standouts Jarrell Brantley (College of Charleston) and Devontae Cacok (UNCW) were each named to the All-NBA G League First-Team and the G League’s All-Rookie Team, the league announced on Friday.

Additionally, Brantley and Cacok finished second and third, respectively, in voting for the 2019-20 NBA G League Rookie of the Year Award.

Brantley, the 50th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, led Salt Lake City in scoring in 2019-20, averaging 18.8 points while shooting 51.2 percent from the floor in 33 games (all starts). The Jazz two-way player helped lead the Stars to their most successful season in team history, as the club posted a 24-9 mark in games Brantley played.

Appearing in five games with the Utah Jazz this season, Brantley was named to the Midseason All-NBA G League Team for the Western Conference in February. Brantley is the first Stars player to earn All-NBA G League First Team accolades since current Jazz forward Georges Niang in 2017-18. He is the first Salt Lake City player in team history to collect All-Rookie honors.

A 2019 All-CAA First Team selection, Brantley wrapped his Charleston career with 1,914 points, third in program history. As a senior, Brantley posted 19.4 points and 8.4 rebounds, ranking fourth and sixth, respectively, in the CAA. The 6-foot-7 forward finished fourth in Charleston career rebounds (967) and is 10th in career steals (150) and blocks (85). The 2016 CAA Rookie of the Year, Brantley earned All-CAA honors in each of his four seasons at CofC.

The two-time CAA All-Tournament Team selection helped the Cougars claim the 2018 CAA Championship, the first for the program since joining the conference in 2013-14. Brantley was a 2019 NABC All-District Second Team selection, his third straight season earning all-district honors.

In 33 games (two starts) with South Bay, the rookie from UNCW averaged 19.4 points (.659 FG%), 11.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 23.9 minutes per game. He scored in double-figures in every game and finished the season with 27 double-doubles. Per 36 minutes, Cacok averaged 29.2 points, 17.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Cacok earned an NBA Call-Up when he signed a two-way contract with Los Angeles in December and was named to the Western Conference Midseason All-NBA G League Team in February. 

During the MGM Resorts Winter Showcase, Cacok tallied a career-high 32 points with 15 rebounds and three assists. He grabbed a career-high 19 boards along with 22 points on December 28 against Northern Arizona. He finished the season with 16 games scoring at least 20-points, including two 30-point outings, and he tallied double-digit rebounds in 27 games, including eight games with at least 15 boards.

During Cacok’s storied four-year career with the Seahawks, he was a three-time All-CAA and All-CAA Defensive Team selection as well as a three-time NABC All-District 10 honoree. He appeared in 129 games and ranks first in Seahawk history in career rebounding (1,263 rebounds) and fourth all-time in scoring (1,593 points). He made 97 starts and is one of only three players in the school’s history to collect 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Cacok became the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in three different statistical categories in three separate seasons. He paced all NCAA DI players in field goal percentage in 2016-17 (.800), rebounding in 2017-18 (13.5) and double-doubles in 2018-19 (22).

In his final season with the Seahawks in 2018-19, Cacok recorded 22 double-doubles and scored in double figures 28 times. He also tallied double digits in rebounds in 24 contests en route to averaging a team-best 15.2 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.

Winless Creighton Has History On Its Side At Xavier

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Both Creighton and Xavier women’s basketball teams enter Friday’s Big EAST opener looking to end losing streaks. The Blue Jays (0-3) are hoping to pick up their first victory of the season as they travel to Cincinnati, while the 1-0 Xavier Musketeers have not beaten Creighton in their last eight matchups.

After Short Build-Up, Marquette & Providence Kick Off Big EAST Season

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One of the many questions heading into the women’s college basketball season is how teams handle the truncated non-conference schedule. 

How to Watch: Providence vs Marquette

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The 2020 Providence vs Marquette starts on Dec 4.

BIG EAST Announces FloSports Agreement

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NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference has announced a one-year deal with leading sports streaming service, FloSports, to become the digital home of BIG EAST women’s basketball, bringing elite collegiate competition to a global audience. The agreement provides a platform for all women’s basketball games that stream on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) presented by SoFi.  All conference tilts not designated for television are streamed on BEDN, accounting for upwards of 75 regular-season contests annually. FloSports will also carry BIG EAST original content such as “Fast Break”, the Conference’s weekly women's basketball features show. 

Charleston Still Armed With Plenty Of Firepower After Riller's Departure

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Arizona, Gonzaga, and Louisville are some of the higher-profile programs that can’t claim to have had players selected in both the 2019 and 2020 NBA drafts. College of Charleston, on the other hand, can. 

How to Watch: 2020 Creighton vs Xavier

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The 2020 Creighton vs Xavier starts on Dec 4.

I'll Be Quirky: After Historic 2-Year Run, Hofstra Eyes Another CAA Crown

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In a parallel universe, you would have been reading many of these words sometime on the afternoon of March 16. Whether you are a Hofstra fan or a fan of the CAA in general, you would have (hopefully) clicked the link to check out the recap of the Pride’s championship-winning run through the league tournament, its preparations for the school’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2001 and the first-round game against Villanova and head coach Jay Wright, whose last game as Hofstra’s head coach was a first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament in…2001. Oh yeah. The selection committee was gonna make that happen.

Trio Of Ranked Women's Teams Meet At Beach Bubble

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Three top 25 ranked women’s teams will open their 2020-2021 seasons in the Beach Bubble at the Gulf Coast Showcase, with No. 12 Maryland, No. 14 Arkansas and 24th ranked Missouri State among six schools competing in the Nov. 27-29 tournament in Fort Myers, Florida.

'Confident, Not Comfortable': Elon Prepares For Year 2 Under Mike Schrage

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This is the message coach Mike Schrage has for his Elon Phoenix in Year 2 at the helm, coming off a strong finish to Year 1: “Be confident, not comfortable.” 

Fatts Russell Is Steady Presence Atop Rhode Island's New-Look Roster

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The Rhode Island men figure to lean heavily on leading scorer and preseason A10 first team member Fatts Russell in 2020-2021 as they look to fill the void left by three departed starters from last season.