The Daily Gamecock

Kacinas earns SEC Player of the Week honors

The South Carolina men’s basketball team is off to its best start of the season in over a decade, and senior forward Mindaugas Kacinas has already been recognized by the SEC.

The SEC announced Monday that the 6-foot-7 Lithuanian earned Player of the Week honors for his performance last week. In two wins, Kacinas averaged 13 points and seven rebounds as he helped lead the Gamecocks to the Paradise Jam Championship.

In the tournament, Kacinas averaged 17.3 points a game, including a career-high 23-point performance against DePaul. This is Kacinas’ second career weekly award, as the senior earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors back in 2012.

Expected to be little more than a role player, Kacinas is second on the team through six games in points, averaging 14.5 a game and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per contest.

The award was the first weekly award of the season for the undefeated Gamecocks.