2009 Northern Illinois Hoops Team Camp Recap

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

All Catholic League Final

Over two dozen teams from three states participated in this year's shootout at Moody Bible. Catholic League rivals Mt. Carmel and Hales Franciscan faced off in the camp's championship game. Tracy Abrams, a point guard who has committed to Illinois, led Mt. Carmel to the title.

Taking One for the Team

Northern Illinois Coach Ricardo Patton was playing hurt as he took in all the action while nursing a separated shoulder. Patton came away impressed with some of the young talent at the camp.


Most of the best talent at the Northern Illinois camp were rising juniors from the Class of 2011. This bodes well for the Huskies as they have five scholarships to offer in that class.

Hager the Magnificent

Whitney Young's Luke Hager (pictured above) is a 2011 prospect on the rise. We witnessed Hager bury a game-winning three pointer at the camp. The 6-6 forward has very good perimeter skills and displayed some versatility at Moody. Hager will play on the AAU circuit in July with a newly formed Meanstreets Express team. Luke was rewarded with a scholarship offer from NIU for his performance at the camp. He is also receiving interest from Albany, Akron, and Northwestern.

Lemon-aid for Fenger

One of the best performers at the camp was class of 2010 guard Walter Lemon from Chicago Fenger high school. Lemon was just outstanding on Saturday. He can flat out score and demonstrated some silky smooth moves to the hoop. He is a guard that NIU most definitely has on their radar.

Northern Exposure

Minnesota Transitions, a travelling team from the Gopher State, made the trip south for a tour of Chicago. The Transitions team also competed in Loyola's camp recently. Transitions had a number of prospects that the Huskies are interested in. While Class of 2010 big man Kevin Noreen is off the board after recently verbally committing to Boston College, the Huskies are recruiting his younger brother Kyle Noreen, a 6-4 guard in the class of 2011 for Transitions.

Jonah Travis, an athletic 6-6 forward in the Class of 2011 for the Transitions team from Minneapolis DeLaSalle high school, walked away from the camp with a scholarship offer from NIU. It is his first scholarship offer. Travis is also hearing from Butler, Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa State, New Mexico State, Stanford, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Transitions wasn't the only team that travelled from out of state to the Moody Bible camp. East Chicago Central from East Chicago, Indiana came to play too. The Northwest Indiana powerhouse team was led by 6-2 guard Michael Harris.

Twin Towers (literally)

The Gwendolyn Brooks Academy team from Chicago features twin big men Keith Gray and Kevin Gray. The twin brothers, who play on the AAU circuit with the Illinois Warriors, both left the camp with scholarship offers from NIU. The Gray twins are 6-6 forwards who show much promise in terms of future development.

No Shows on Saturday

The Morgan Park team's roster was filled out with All-stars from the Mac Irvin Fire AAU team. Mike Shaw, Macari Brooks, DeShawn Greer, and Jamie Crockett all joined Wayne Blackshear to play for the Morgan Park squad. The Huskies have a keen interest in Brooks and have offered him a scholarship. Brooks, a rising junior from Rich South, also has an offer from DePaul. Macari dropped 23 points in a loss to North Lawndale on Friday. However, the Morgan Park team did not show up on Saturday after going 1-3 in Friday's action.

Class of 2010

It wasn't all class of 2011 prospects at the camp. Mike McCall, a 6-2 combo guard from Foreman, who along with guard Lavonte Dority is part of arguably the best high school backcourt in Illinois was at the camp. The 2010 guard has an offer from the Huskies as well as interest from California, Dayton, DePaul, Nevada, Southern Illinois, Texas A&M, Virginia, Western Michigan and Xavier.

Greg Tucker, a 6-3 shooting guard from Chicago Lincoln Park in the class of 2010, also caught the eye of the NIU staff. Tucker is planning on taking an unofficial visit to DeKalb in the very near future.

Jermaine Winfield, a 6-4 2010 forward from North Lawndale, also put on a show at the camp. He is another guy that will be on NIU's radar as we head into the July Evaluation period.

HuskiePride.com would like to give special thanks to NIU head coach Ricardo Patton, and assistant coaches Will Smith, Todd Townsend, and Sundance Wicks for yet another successful team camp in Chicago.

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