WINTHROP, Mass. - Freshman Taelon Martin (Springfield, Mass.) of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's basketball team was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Rookie of the Week, announced Monday by conference officials. It marks the first GNAC ROTW selection for Martin, and the first of the season for the Blue Jays, who earned ROTW honors in 10 of the 14 weeks in its inaugural men's basketball season last year.
Martin was key in the second half of USJ's 76-63 win over Bates College in the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout last Thursday, in Miami, Florida. He scored all six of his points in an 18-2 second-half run to open up USJ's first double-digit lead of the game, clinching the win, and an unbeaten record while in South Beach.
On the week, Martin helped guide the Blue Jays to a 2-0 record with wins over Eastern University, 77-60, and Bates College, 76-63, in the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout. He averaged eight points and five rebounds and shot 6-for-15 (40.0%) from the floor in 25.0 minutes per contest over the two-game span.
Martin has put together a solid rookie campaign for the Blue Jays, averaging 11 points (fifth-best on the team) and nearly five rebounds per game (third-best). He has wowed O'Connell Center crowds with a series of tenacious tomahawk jams, and continues his steady improvement at the guard position.
Men's basketball is headed home for the inaugural USJ Holiday Tournament, presented by Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast. The tournament tips off on Saturday, December 28, in the O'Connell Center, when the Blue Jays square off with Fisher College at 1:00 p.m.