Men’s basketball trio earn CACC weekly awards

Men’s basketball trio earn CACC weekly awards

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a big 2-0 week, a trio of Philadelphia University men's basketball players took home Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) weekly awards Monday. Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) was named a CACC co-player of the week, Josh Bradanese (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) was tabbed the CACC rookie of the week, and Malcolm Gilbert was selected as the CACC defensive player of the week.

Last week, Philadelphia knocked off Wilmington, 81-61, on Feb. 21 to secure the CACC southern division title and then defeated Post in the opening round of the CACC Tournament, 72-63, on Feb. 25.

Randolph—who shares this week's honor with Caldwell University's Derek Dorn—earned his second CACC player of the week award of the season. In the win over Wilmington, Randolph racked up 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, one block, and one steal. Randolph shot a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range against the Wildcats. He followed up that performance with a game-high 20 points, five rebounds, and two assists against Post. Randolph—who is leading the Rams in scoring with 17.1 points per game—was named to the All-CACC first team last Friday.

The CACC rookie of the week for the second straight week, Bradanese kicked off his week with a career-high 27 points, on 5-of-8 3-point shooting, and three rebounds to help the Rams knock off the Wildcats. In the win over Post, Bradanese had 14 points and six rebounds. During the month of February, Bradanese—who is averaging 6.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game this season—put up 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Gilbert picked up the CACC defensive player of the week award for the second time over the last three weeks. He had five blocked shots and four defensive rebounds against Wilmington. Gilbert grabbed a game-high nine defensive rebounds, blocked one shot, and added a steal in the triumph over Post. Since becoming a permanent fixture in the starting lineup on Feb. 7, Gilbert is averaging 4.7 blocks and 6.2 defensive rebounds per game.

Philadelphia (21-8) is in the CACC Tournament semifinal round for the sixth consecutive season and will take on Dominican (N.Y.) College on Saturday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Caldwell.