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Veazey Garners Patriot League Rookie of the Week Accolades

Navy freshman center Mark Veazey

Navy freshman center Mark Veazey

Nov. 12, 2007

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy freshman center Mark Veazey (Lilburn, Ga.) was named the initial Patriot League Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week after helping Navy to a 1-1 record over the weekend. It marks the 13th time in head coach Billy Lange's four years that a Navy player was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week and he becomes the sixth current Midshipmen to win Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.

Despite coming off the bench in both games, Veazey had a productive weekend. In Navy's season-opening 88-72 win over Longwood, the 6-10 center scored eight points on four-of seven shooting with five rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal in just 17 minutes of action. He then topped that performance in Sunday's loss at Drexel, by scoring 10 points on five-of-seven shooting with six rebounds, two steals and one block in 21 minutes. He currently ranks fifth on the team in scoring (9.0 ppg), while leading the team in blocked shots (1.0 bpg) and is second in rebounding (5.5 rpg.). For the season, he is averaging 9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 spg and 1.0 bpg while playing just 19.0 minutes per game. He is also shooting a team-best 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the field.

Veazey and his teammates will host Robert Morris in the home opener on Wednesday night as part of a women-men's doubleheader that begins at 5:00 pm with the women's team playing Howard. The men's game is part of the inaugural Philly Hoop Group Classic that will conclude on Thanksgiving weekend at the Palestra in Philadelphia. For ticket information, call 1-800-US4-NAVY.

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