UTEP men’s basketball’s Efe Odigie, who produced his fifth career double-double, was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week presented by Top of the World and chosen by vote from a media panel representing the 14-member schools.
It’s the second FOTW honor for Odigie as he was named C-USA Freshman of the Week on Nov. 26.
Odigie produced another impressive two-game set, this time at the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Dec. 21-22. Odigie was also honored with the Don Haskins Award following the holiday hoops tournament. Odigie averaged 15.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per contest. Odigie shot 10-for-20 from the field and 10-for-14 (71.4 percent) from the charity stripe. Odigie began the weekend with an 18-point performance and came up a rebound short of a double-double against the Norfolk State.
During UTEP’s 76-65 victory against Wyoming the next night, Odigie worked the boards, ripping down 11 rebounds and scoring 12 points for double-double no. 5 in his young career.
Odigie ranks second in Conference USA at 9.2 rebounds per game, and is averaging 15.5 points per contest (12th in C-USA).
Odigie is the first UTEP freshman to earn multiple freshman of the week honors since Vince Hunter was a recipient five times during the 2013-14 campaign. Julian Washburn was the C-USA Freshman of the Week four times during the 2011-12 season.
Odigie also ties with Anthony Burns who tallied five double-doubles during the 1977-78 season, Burns’s freshman season. Arnett Moultrie registered six double-doubles during his freshman season (2008-09) and Terry White recorded eight double-doubles as a frosh in 1978-79.
The Miners have earned three this season with Odigie’s pair and Jordan Lathon’s FOTW honor on Dec. 3. UTEP had six FOTW honors during the 2013-14 season with Hunter’s five and Matt Wilms’s weekly honor. The Miners had five during the 2011-12 campaign with Washburn’s four and Cedrick Lang being named freshman of the week.