Silas gives NIU hope
Preseason All-MAC selection averaged 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds last season
Northern Illinois' Darion Anderson talks to Xavier Silas. (Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press / November 13, 2009)
His team was under .500 last season and is decidely below the radar for the upcoming season, but Northern Illinois coach Ricardo Patton is as optimistic as most coaches this time of year.
"I think we have just as good a chance as anyone at this point," Patton said Thursday.
Chief among the reasons for Patton's positive outlook is 6-foot-5 senior guard Xavier Silas, who returns after averaging 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.
Silas was selected as a member of the preseason All-Mid-American Conference team.