Freshman phenom Jefferson off to strong start for Dukes

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison freshman guard Kiki Jefferson is off to a strong start to her college basketball career.

JMU freshman Kiki Jefferson has been named CAA Rookie of the Week five times during the 2019-2020 season.

Jefferson was recently named the CAA Rookie of the Week after scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in JMU's recent win over College of Charleston. Jefferson has already won five CAA Rookie of the Week awards during the 2019-2020 season.

"What she has really brought to us is an extra level of enthusiasm and excitement and that's something that's invaluable to our team," said JMU head coach Sean O'Regan.

Jefferson has started 13 of JMU's 16 games and ranks fourth on the team in scoring at 7.8 points per game. She is second on the squad in rebounding with 6.3 boards per contest.

"Coming in we played pick up early in the summer," said Jefferson. "I wasn't really feeling it but then (the team's trip to Europe) really showed that I could play with this team."

While she's been an impact player from the start of the season, there is still plenty of room for Jefferson to grow and develop on the court.

"In another month, another month and a half she's going to be that much better so I am excited," said O'Regan.

JMU is back in action Friday night when the Dukes host Hofstra for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Convocation Center.