Weynimi Efejuku Headed to Big East

Weynimi Efejuku had a visit scheduled to Illinois, but after the Illini got a commitment from another player, the Brewster Academy (N.H.) and former Rice High (N.Y.) guard make his choice.

Weynimi Efejuku wasn't planning on making his decision quite this soon.

The former Rice High (N.Y.) guard, who is spending the season with coach Jason Smith at Brewster Academy (N.H.), was scheduled to take an official visit to Illinois later this month. However, after the Illini took another guard, Efejuku opted to end the process and commit to Providence.

``I knew I was going to go to Providence when I came back from the visit this past weekend," Efejuku said. "But I felt the right thing to do was to go on the visit to Illinois and be cordial. This made my decision a lot easier."

``He really liked Providence and the fact they are in the Big East," Smith said. "He's a very bright kid and it came down to academics and it was also important that it was a private school. Steve Demeo did a great job recruiting him."

Efejuku is a versatile, physical guard who also fielded interest from Charleston, Toledo and URI. He averaged 14 points, 9 boards and 7 assists last season at Rice and has displayed the ability to finish in the lane and also make good decisions with the ball in his hands.

``Providence really liked his versatility," Smith said. "They were able to see his position down the line is a point guard. He's explosive, but he can also pass the ball." Efejuku was sold on the Friars after the trip this past weekend for Midnight Madness.

``It's a great situation," Efejuku added. "They should go far this year, and even though Ryan (Gomes) will be leaving, we'll still have a good team."


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