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, as announced by the conference front office on Monday afternoon. It marks the second career GNAC Rookie of the Week nod for Martin and the second time he has garnered the accolade over the past three weeks.
Martin helped the Blue Jays to a 2-0 week by averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 steals in 14.5 minutes per game as USJ ran its win streak to 10 straight games. The Springfield product was superb shooting the rock in the pair of wins, connecting on 7-of-11 (63.6%) from the field including 2-of-4 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. He was also 2-of-2 on the week from the charity stripe.
Martin opened the week with five points, a rebound, and three steals in an 87-41 route at Castleton on Monday night. He then followed that up with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field in just 17 minutes of floor time as the Blue Jays toppled Pratt at home on Friday night, 105-61. The victory over Pratt also marked the 900th career victory for Hall of Fame head coach Jim Calhoun.
Through the first 13 games this season, Martin is currently fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game, and fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.2 boards per game. Additionally, he also logs 1.7 steals per game which ranks second for the Blue Jays.
The USJ men's basketball team is back inside the O'Connell Center Tuesday night when they host NESCAC opponent Williams College. Prior to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. between the Blue Jays and Ephs, USJ will honor Coach Calhoun with a brief ceremony to celebrate his 900th career win. Tickets to the game can be purchased here.