NIU to welcome James Madison, San Jose State and Milwaukee to DeKalb this weekend
2005-06 (Senior): Appeared in all 28 games and averaged 9.4 points and 27.0 minutes per game...winner of NIU's annual `Heart Award'...cracked NIU's top ten for career assists in just two seasons with 260 helpers...dished out 127 assists, good for second in school history by a senior...was fourth in the MAC with 4.54 assists per game...topped the Huskies with 1.36 steals per contest...was fourth in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio at 1.57...scored in double-figures and had at least five assists in 13 out of 28 games...averaged 11.3 points over the Huskies' final eight games...keyed NIU to the 73-69 victory over Toledo (12/3/05) with a career-high 20 points, along with eight assists...scored 11 points in a 62-42 win over Wright State (12/13/05)...tallied 15 points and dished out eight assists in a 75-70 overtime victory over Kansas State (12/20/05)...posted a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds in an 80-78 win over San Jose State (12/29/05) at the Holiday Stores GranTree Classic...garnered 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting in a 84-82 overtime victory over Buffalo (1/7/06)...posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds (8 offensive) in a 78-67 loss to Ohio (2/9/06)...knocked down six buckets and finished with 14 points in a 67-55 loss to Kent State (2/12/06)...scored 15 points and dished out nine assists in a 98-97 double-overtime loss to Winthrop (2/18/06)...pushed NIU to the 80-70 win over Central Michigan (2/22/06) with 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds...added 12 points in a 94-61 win over Eastern Michigan (2/26/06) on `Senior Day'.
2004-05 (Junior): Named the club's Most Valuable Player following the 2004-05 season ... Ranked first on the team in assists (4.8) and steals (1.3) and third in scoring (9.6) ... Tied for second in NIU single-season history with 133 assists ... Just the 11th Huskie in school history with 100+ assists in a single-season ... Averaged 5.2 assists over his last 23 games, which included a career high 10 assists vs. Ohio (1/12/05) and eight in road tilts at Eastern Illinois (12/11/04), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12/29/04) and Central Michigan (1/15/05) ... Had multiple assists in 27-of-28 games with five or more dimes coming in 15 contests ... A capable offensive player that stepped up his offensive aggressiveness in late-game situations and scored 90-of-269 points (33.4 percent) in the final 8:29 of NIU's 28 games ... The team's best penetrator and scored 118-of-269 points (44 percent) in the paint despite his 6-foot-1 frame ... Parlayed that ability to get into the lane to reach the free throw line 107 times ... Ranked 11th in the MAC with a 76.6 percent (82-of-107) shooting stroke from the line ... Became the first Huskie since Ephraim Eaddy (Nov. 14, 1998) to record a point-assist double-double... Dished those 10 dimes and scored 11 points vs. Ohio in a career high 38 minutes... Narrowly missed a second consecutive double-double with 10 points and eight dimes at Central Michigan ... Reached double figures in 10 of his last 17 games and averaged 11.6 points over his last 12 contests ... Tied a career-high with 17-points vs. Marshall (2/3/05) and Bowling Green (2/23/05)... Also recorded two treys in both contests, including a 35-footer at the halftime buzzer of the Marshall contest to send NIU to the locker room up 32-30 and propel the team to the win ... That shot made the ESPN College Game Night's Top 10 Plays for Feb. 3 ... Set a career high with three treys at Buffalo (3/7/05) en route to a 16-point night... Also scored 16 points and dished four assists at Wright State (2/19/05) on 7-of-16 shooting ... Capped the regular season with 11 points thanks to 7-of-9 shooting from the foul line ... Turned in a 15 point outburst in the initial game at Buffalo (1/25/05), where he nailed a then-career high 7-of-8 free throws and handed out five dimes ... Had a career game vs. Bradley (12/1/04), setting then, career-highs in points (17), field goals (5), three-pointers (2), free throws (5) and rebounds (6) in 31 minutes of playing time ... Hit a game-tying trey with :34 seconds remaining to push the contest into overtime ... Poured in 10 points, seven of which came in the final 2:14 to lead NIU on a fierce rally against Southwest Missouri State (11/24/04).
At Lewis & Clark Community College: Earned All-Tournament recognition at the National Junior College Athletics Association national summit, averaging 22.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in three games to lead LCCC to a 2-1 tourney record and a seventh-place finish ... Opened the tournament by scoring 25 points in an opening-round contest against Cuyahoga Community College, before single-handedly carrying the Trailblazers to a win over Glendale Community College with 30 points, 12 rebounds and four assists ... Honored with the Jack Cistriano "Best Small Man Award" at the NJCAA national summit and was named Region XXIV Player of the Year after helping Lewis & Clark to Region XXIV and Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois crowns .... Also named the Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois Player of the Year ... Ranked the nation's No. 7 scorer with a 21.5 ppg. scoring average and twice scored more than 30 points during his final season ... Shot 52.8 percent from the floor and 76.5 percent from the free throw line ... Got to the line an impressive 226 times, making 172 of those shots ... An outstanding defender that ranked No. 31 nationally with 2.6 steals a game.
Prep: Led Livingston High School to the conference crown while earning All-Area honors from the Sumter County Journal ... Named team MVP and top all-around performer as a senior and lettered for the Cougars in baseball ... Graduated from Livingston High with honors and an advanced diploma.
Personal: Son of Bessie Sims... Born Sept. 9, 1983 ... Majoring in Education ... One of seven children ... Has four brothers and two sisters ... One of just three Huskies from outside the state of Illinois ... Lists Baron Davis, Jason Kidd and Allen Iverson as the athletes he admires the most ... Outstanding student that actually attended Alabama A&M on an academic scholarship out of high school...Named to the A&M Dean's list in Spring 2002.