March 2, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College senior guard Weyinmi Efejuku (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) averaged 22 points, shot 56.3 percent (9-16) from the field and was 24-27 (88.9 percent) from the free throw line in the Friars' two wins last week. He becomes the first Friar to earn BIG EAST Player of the Week honors since Herbert Hill (Kinston, N.C.) was named Player of the Week on March 4, 2007. It marks the first time in his career that Efejuku has earned the honor and 39th time in the history of the league that a Friar was named Player of the Week.
Efejuku scored a team-high 16 points in the Friars' 81-73 upset of No. 1 ranked Pittsburgh on February 24. He made nine of 10 free-throw attempts. It marked just the second time ever that the Friars defeated the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. On March 1, the senior guard scored a game-high 28 points in a 73-66 victory at Rutgers. Efejuku recorded a career-high 15 free throws on 17 attempts. It marked his fifth game this season with 20 or more points and the 21st time he has accomplished that in his career.
Efejuku is leading the Friars in scoring this season, averaging 14.9 ppg. In BIG EAST action, he is averaging 15.7 ppg in 17 contests. He is shooting an impressive 40.7 percent (22-54) from behind the three-point arc in league play. In the Friars' last five games, he is averaging 23.0 ppg (33-59, .559). He scored a career-high 31 points in a loss to Notre Dame on February 21.
Prior to attending Providence, Efejuku graduated from Brewster Academy in 2005.