WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Coaches sometimes tell their players there is no I in team, but UNCW basketball coach C.B. McGrath has no problem with Kai Toews and Devontae Cacok being among the nation’s best in individual categories.
Toews ranks third nationally with a 7.9 assists per game average and Cacok is fifth in rebounding with an 11.6 boards per game average.
“Those guys should feel good,” said McGrath. “What they are doing is nothing selfish. You know Devontae is going to get rebounds, and I say, if you want to be selfish, go get every rebound. No one is going to be mad at him, and with Kai, having an assist is being unselfish.”
Cacok, a senior, is attempting to lead the country in a statistical category for the third straight season. As a sophomore, he led the nation in field goal percentage, and he was the country’s leading rebounding as a junior.
Toews has set a UNCW single-season record for assists by a freshman, topping John Goldsberry’s mark of 114. Toews has 126 helpers with 15 regular season games remaining.
“Kai has a lot of weight on his shoulders coming in as a freshman,” said Cacok. “We ask him to do a lot, and I feel he’s doing great with it.”
“I think it gives his teammates around him confidence that he believes in them,” McGrath said of Toews. “It gives them confidence that they are going to knock down that shot, and it’s helped a lot of things.”
UNCW is the only Division I program with two players in the top of five of a major statistical category.