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UNCW retires Cacok’s jersey during halftime of game at Trask Coliseum

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 7:04 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - UNCW retired record-holder Devontae Cacok’s jersey in a halftime ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, when the men’s basketball team hosted James Madison at Trask Coliseum.

Cacok was joined by his wife and family at the game on Saturday night, and thanked the fans and the university during the ceremony.

“I’m blessed to have a support system, coaches, family,” said Cacok. “This doesn’t happen without them, and it doesn’t happen without the support of the school. I appreciate every last one of you.”

The 25-year-old Georgia native was the fifth player in program history to have his jersey raised to the rafters, following Brett Blizzard, John Goldsberry, Bill Mayew and Brian Rowsom.

“This university opened its door in 1947, before that it was a junior college,” said UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass. “Those are the greats, those are the ones that have toiled, they’ve brought great honor to the university, they’ve grown the basketball tradition here, and he’s certainly one of the best we’ve ever had here.”

Cacok appeared in 129 games during his four-year career with the Seahawks from 2015-2019. He ranks first in program history in career rebounding with 1,263, and fourth all-time in scoring with 1,593 points. He is one of only three players in the school’s history to collect 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. He became the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in three different statistical categories in three separate seasons, placing first in field goal percentage in 2016-17 at.800, in rebounding in 2017-18 with a 13.5 per game average, and double-doubles in 2018-19 with 22.

“Devontae is so deserving of this honor and we couldn’t be more proud of him,” UNCW Head Coach Takayo Siddle said in an email news release. “He’s always had a relentless work ethic and strives to get better every time he walks on the court. Devontae brought his best every day as a Seahawk and we’re eternally grateful for everything he’s done for our program.”

Following his UNCW career, Cacok spent two seasons with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, winning a world championship in the 2019-20 season. He played with the Brooklyn Nets in the current 2021-22 season before moving over to his current team, the San Antonio Spurs. He has appeared in six games so far, averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.

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