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.

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