February 4, 2019--Mount St. Mary's freshman forward Malik Jefferson (Hopewell, Va.) has been named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week. The 6-9 forward averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Mount in a pair of games last week.
Jefferson caught fire from the field, shooting a scorching 78.9 percent on 15-19 shooting. He averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game despite playing just 19.5 minutes per outing. Jefferson scored 14 points and pulled down seven boards against Sacred Heart on Thursday, then posted his third double-double of the year with 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Saint Francis on Saturday. The Hopewell, Va., native hit 9-11 shots in a 19-minute stint against the Red Flash. Jefferson is averaging 6.9 ppg, leads the Mount with 6.5 rpg and ranks third in the NEC with a 53.8 percent success rate from the floor. He has been the NEC's most accurate shooter in league play at 67.9 percent
The Mountaineers have won eight of the 13 NEC Rookie of the Week awards this season. Vado Morse has won a league-high four times, followed by two for Jefferson and one apiece for Dee Barnes and Nana Opoku.
The Mount is back in action on Thursday, February 7, with a 7:00 p.m. matchup against LIU Brooklyn. The game will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.