The Rice High (N.Y.) 6-4 ½, 200-pound combo guard excels in the classroom, but has been the unfortunate victim of a snafu in which the school lost his ninth-grade transcript.
So, instead of calling Marquette, Iowa State or St. John's home this fall, Efejuku will instead do a year in the prep school ranks – most likely at Brewster Academy. He is also considering Worcester Academy and Deerfield Academy.
``It's very frustrating," Efejuku said. "I thought they were just kidding when they told me they lost it at first. They told me a couple months into my senior year."
Efejuku is a strong, tough guard who saw the majority of his time at the point last season while averaging 14 points, nine boards and seven assists per game. He does a good job on getting into the lane and finishing – and also makes solid decisions with the ball in his hands. He'll need to work on his mid-range game and also improve the consistency on his perimeter shot while in prep school.
Efejuku said that Iowa State, Providence, Toledo, Marquette, Brown, Columbia – and most recently St. John's – all expressed varying levels of interest this past season. Some wanted him for this year; others knew he wouldn't be eligible and are interested in bringing him on after this season.
``I've played with and against a lot of players who are playing in big conferences, so I really don't think there's a conference I can't play in," he said. "I don't really have a favorite school right now."
However, most of his classmates had pegged him to be at Marquette in September.
``My whole school thought I was going there," he added. "That was the tough thing having to explain to everyone I'm going to prep school. I'm looking at all of this that it's better for me. The schools who already like me will stay with me and I'll only get better with an extra year. There is still a lot of stuff I can work on."