Rendleman Picks Up Second CAA Honor
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Junior forward Keith Rendleman of UNCW has collected Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Week accolades for the second time this season after leading the surging Seahawks to three conference victories last week.
The Iron Station, N.C., performer averaged 20.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as the Seahawks climbed into a tie for second place in the CAA standings.
Rendleman, a graduate of East Lincoln High School, opened the week by scoring 24 points and grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds in UNCW's 80-75 win over Delaware and followed that up with 17 points and 10 boards in a 70-62 road victory at Northeastern. The 6-8, 213-pounder then capped off the week with 19 points and eight rebounds, just missing his third consecutive double double.
"Keith has been playing at a very high level all season," said Buzz Peterson, UNCW's second-year coach. "He continues to work hard every day in practice and that's carrying over into the games. He has made himself into one of the elite players in this conference."
Rendleman stands second on the team in scoring (15.1 ppg.) and first in rebounding (10.3 rpg.), with seven double doubles already this season. He ranks seventh in the CAA in scoring, third in rebounding and third in field goal percentage. In addition, Rendleman is 21st nationally in rebounding.
Earlier this season, Rendleman shared CAA Player-of-the-Week honors with Delaware's Jamelle Hagins for the week of Dec. 12 after pouring in a career-high 29 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in UNCW's 77-68 victory at Liberty.
The Seahawks, 7-7 overall and 3-1 in the CAA, travel to Atlanta Thursday to battle Georgia State at 7 p.m. before returning home Saturday to entertain Drexel in a 7 p.m. tip-off.