Freshman Joe Efese Named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week

Freshman Joe Efese was named the Northeast Conference men's basketball Rookie of the Week on Monday. Efese becomes the first Blue Devil to be honored by the NEC this season. The Blue Devils won a pair of home games last week to qualify for their 12th straight NEC Tournament, and will play at 7 p.m. on Thursday night at Robert Morris. Central finished the regular season 12-17 and 9-9 in league action, good for the #7 seed.

Efese takes home CCSU's first weekly award of the season after averaging 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks in two critical victories that qualified the Blue Devils for their 12th straight NEC Tournament.

Efese had a career-night in Thursday's 74-65 win over Long Island. He netted 12 points and established career-highs with seven rebounds and eight blocks. He became only the second player in school history to post at least eight blocks in a single game. On Saturday, in a game where the winner earned a berth in the conference tournament, Efese tallied 13 points, three rebounds and two rejections.

The Teaneck, NJ product averaged 31.5 minutes last week and shot 11-20 (.550) from the floor.