3 Anthony Maestranzi
2005-06 (Senior): Selected as the Huskies' best defender and captured NIU's free throw award, by shooting 88.7% (47-for-53) from the charity stripe...only Huskie to start all 28 games and averaged 7.7 points...shot 39.8% (43-for-108) from three-point range, good for 12th in the MAC...shot 43.5% (27-for-62) in MAC play, good for fifth overall in the conference...finished his career with 166 career trifectas, good for fourth overall in NIU history...was a career 38.3% shooter from beyond the arc, good for ninth in NIU history...is fifth in school-history with 323 career assists...garnered 96 career steals, solid for ninth in school-history...set the school-record, along with teammate Todd Peterson, with 117 games played...averaged 11 points per game over the Huskies' final 11 contests...helped NIU clinch its first-ever MAC West Division championship with a career-high 20 points in a 74-59 win over Western Michigan (3/4/06)...for the first time in his career, scored in double-figures for three-consecutive games against Winthrop (14 points, 2/18/06), Central Michigan (12 points, 2/22/06) and Eastern Michigan (15 points, 2/26/06)...played a key role in the Huskies' 77-68 win over DePaul (11/28/05) with 14 points, five assists and three steals...scored 12 points in a 67-55 victory over Eastern Michigan (1/29/06)...knocked down all four of his free throws in the final minute of both regulation and overtime in a 75-70 win over Kansas State (12/20/05)...scored four points and a steal in the final 34 seconds to lift the Huskies to the 73-67 win over Ball State (2/1/06).
2004-05 (Junior): Earned starts in all 28 contests en route to his most productive season as a Huskie ... Led the club in minutes played (874) and averaged 31.2 minutes per contest, which included a career high 43 minutes in an overtime contest vs. Toledo ... Still had enough gas in the tank to bury a pair of game-tying free throws with two-tenths of a second remaining to force overtime vs. the Rockets ... Dished out 86 assists compared to 50 turnovers to rank among MAC leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.72-1) ... Averaged just one turnover every 17:29 minutes of playing time ... Exploded for 35 points in two games at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Flint Hills Islander Invitational to win MVP accolades ... Tied a career high with 19 points vs. the host Islanders (12/29/04) in the championship game on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range ... Opened the tourney by hitting 4-of-5 treys vs. St. Bonaventure (12/28/04) ... Went 7-of-7 from beyond the arc in the second half of both games ... Also hit all-eight free throws ... Turned in a similar performance in the win over MAC West-leading Bowling Green (2/23/05) ... Hit 4-of-7 treys and 4-of-4 free throws en route to a 16-point night ... Dished a career-high nine dimes at DePaul while committing just one turnover ... Narrowly missed a double-double after scoring 11 points ... Was NIU's "Go-To-Guy" late against Southwest Missouri State (11/24/04), hitting a game-tying three-pointer with :15 seconds remaining.
2003-04 (Sophomore): Made 20 starts at the point and was third on the team with an average of 27.0 minutes played every night out ... Broke Donald Whiteside's sophomore assist record with 113 dimes ... Finished seventh in the MAC with 3.7 assists a game and was sixth in the league with a 1.9-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ... Finished just two assists shy of moving into the NIU top five for single-season assists ... Handed out seven helpers on three occasions, including a seven-assist, zero-turnover night at Eastern Michigan (Feb. 28) to lead the Huskies to their first road win of the year ... Followed that up with five assists two days later against Central Michigan (March 1) ... Had five or more assists 10 times ... Had a 2:1 assist : turnover ratio on 15 occasions and had one or fewer turnovers 13 times ... Distributed seven assists with only two turnovers against Ohio (Jan. 3) ... Also handed out seven assists against Illinois State (Nov. 26) ... Started the first 18 games of the season at the point before suffering an abdominal injury ... Played through the pain to finish the year, but saw his numbers and minutes subside as a result ... Still finished fourth on the team with a 6.9 ppg. scoring average and hit for double figures nine times including a career high 19 points at Central Michigan (Feb. 9) ... Hit 7-of-10 shots including 4-of-7 from three-point range ... Second on the team with 23 steals and third with 42 three-point buckets ... Among the team leaders with a 37-percent shooting percentage from three ... Scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting at Bowling Green (Jan. 10) ... Also hit 4-of-7 treys vs. the Falcons to go with three assists ... Grabbed a career-high six rebounds at Marshall (Dec. 13), while scoring 11 points and handing out four assists compared to just one turnover.
2002-03 (Freshman): Picked up first Northern Illinois varsity monogram by playing in all 31 games, tying the school record for contests played ... Averaged 3.5 points per game while playing in 14.1 minutes a contest ... Made two starts, getting the nod versus Drake and Marshall ... First start was a by-product of a career-best performance at Valparaiso (11-30-02) ... Scored a season-high 18 points against the Crusaders by hitting his last six three-point attempts ... Hit his only two three-pointers against Drake (12-4-02) to set NIU's consecutive three-point record ... Handed out a career-high six assists in the Huskies' 88-79 victory over Eastern Michigan (1-18-03) ... Came back one game later to score 11 points and dish out five assists against Akron (1-29-03) ... Final double-digit scoring performance was an 11-point night at Buffalo (2-1-03) ... Hit a pair of free throws with 13.1 seconds remaining to seal Northern Illinois' 67-61 victory at Kent State.
Prep: Served as a two-year captain for coach Leo Szpejnowski while leading Bartlett to a 40-20 record ... Capped off his successful prep career by earning Honorable Mention All-State honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association after being named the Upstate Eight Conference Player of the Year ... Garnered First-Team All-Area accolades from the Daily Herald and was named the squad's honorary captain ... A unanimous First-Team All-Upstate Eight selection, he led the conference in six different categories including scoring (20.6 points per game), assists (5.8 per game) and three-point shooting (103-of-213) ... Finished his career with six school records while ending up second on the Hawks' all-time scoring list at 1,146 points ... Posted a single-season mark of 601 points his junior year, including a BHS-best 88.7 percent (110-of-124) from the free throw line ... Twice scored a single-game school record 38 points against St. Charles East and St. Charles North ... Earned All-Tournament recognition at the Bartlett Thanksgiving Tournament and the Jacobs Christmas tournament.
Personal: Son of John and Becky Maestranzi ... Born July 1, 1984 ... Majoring in Communications ... Has four brothers: Al (22), Nicky (17), Johnny (16) and Jacob (10).
Maestranzi Career Highs
|Minutes: 43 vs. Toledo||(3/2/05)|
|Points: 20 vs. Western Michigan||(3/4/06)|
|Rebounds: 6||on two occasions|
|Assists: 9 at DePaul||(11/27/04)|
|Steals: 4 at Eastern Illinois||(12/11/04)|
|FG: 7 at Central Michigan||(2/9/04)|
|FG Att.: 13 vs. Kent State||(1/21/06)|
|3PT FG Made: 6 at Valparaiso||(11/30/02)|
|3PT FG Att.: 10 at Western Michigan||(1/19/05)|
|FT Made: 6||on three occasions|
|FT Att.: 8 vs. Winthrop||(2/18/06)|
Maestranzi Career Stats at Northern Illinois
Year G-GS FG-A Pct. 3FG-A Pct. FT-A Pct. Reb. Avg. Pts. Avg.
2002-03 31-2 31-80 .388 29-68 .426 17-25 .680 24 0.8 108 3.5
2003-04 30-20 68-171 .393 42-115 .370 28-39 .718 51 1.7 208 6.9
2004-05 28-28 67-186 .360 52-142 .366 39-47 .830 53 1.9 225 8.0
2005-06 28-28 63-153 .412 43-108 .398 47-53 .887 65 2.3 216 7.7
Totals 117-78 229-590 .388 166-433 .383 131-164 .799 193 1.7 757 6.5