NIU Wraps Up Hoops Team Camp at Moody Bible

The Northern Illinois men's basketball staff wrapped up another team camp at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago this weekend. HuskiePride.com was in the gym for all the action. Get all of the details in this report…

21 teams from across the Chicago area and one from Tennessee participated in the NIU team camp. Chicago Hyde Park defeated Chicago Whitney Young 40-36 in the camp's championship game.



Hyde Park was led by Northern Illinois recruit Malcolm Griffin. Griffin, a 6-3 wing, is also receiving interest from Illinois-Chicago. Griffin is continuing his solid spring, Griffin continued to showcase his offensive skills over the weekend. A good shooter with range beyond the three point line as well as a nice mid-range pullup, Griffin also had a couple nice drives where he was able to attack and draw contact. He also showcased some ability to bring the ball up and make some passes to teammates, but still needs to improve in both departments. Defensively he also has to do some work closing out on shooters and putting himself in better position.

Other Huskie targets participating in the event included:



Seton Academy guard Tony Nixon. Nixon played in Friday's games, but then sat out on Saturday after rolling his ankle. One of the premier shooters in the state, Nixon had a tough time hitting shots in the game I saw but, he was willing to attack the basket off the dribble, something not often seen in good shooters. Although some shots weren't falling Nixon showed how tough he was by getting up after getting knocked to the ground a couple times. Tony should really benefit from having D.J. Cooper as his point guard at Seton next season.



Troy Snyder is a 6-6 forward from Bolingbrook High School. Snyder proved to be an effective scorer both inside and outside at Moody. He's more of a slasher than a shooter and really crashes the offensive boards. Snyder gets a lot of points off of putbacks. He could easily carry the scoring load for Bolingbrook, but prefers to share the ball with his teammates and was an adept passer.



Antone Christian is wiry 6-2 shooting guard from Martin Luther King Magnet school in Nashville, Tennessee. Christian scored inside and outside. He proved to be a lock-down defender with his long arms and athleticism. Christian is quick and had a motor that would not quit.



Anthony Dixon , a 6-5 forward, is a relative unknown as Griffin's sidekick at Hyde Park, Dixon played some solid minutes showing great body control when going to the basket. He needs to develop more of a left hand, but he puts himself in position to finish with a lot of nice moves. He also needs to improve his outside shooting consistency but, he's an intriguing prospect. Anthony also really gets after it on the defensive end and uses his length to disrupt passing lanes.

Huskie Pride's Scott Phillips contributed to this report.


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