NIU to welcome James Madison, San Jose State and Milwaukee to DeKalb this weekend
2006-07 Highlights: Became the 27th player in NIU history to reach the 1,000 point plateau...named to the MAC Academic All-Conference squad...broke the NIU career record for blocks (208)...appeared in all 30 games, including 24 starts...averaged 12.1 points-per-game and led the Huskies with 6.1 rebounds-per-contest...scored his 1,000th career point and grabbed his 500th career board with 24 points and seven rebounds against Eastern Michigan (Mar. 4)...broke the school-record with his 200th career block against Central Michigan (Feb. 25)...tallied 25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Toledo (Feb. 22)...had a double-double of 20 points and 12 boards against Eastern Michigan (Jan. 9)...was named to the Drake Regency Challenge Classic All-Tournament team...tallied a game and career-high 27 points, 24 of which came in the second half, against Georgia Southern (Dec. 8)...named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week for the Period Ending Nov. 26th...earned his first career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 85-74 triumph over Duquesne (Nov. 25)...collected 25 points, 11 field goals and tied a career-high with six blocks in an 87-82 overtime win over Duquesne (Nov. 20).
2005-06 Highlights: Appeared in 25 games and averaged 9.6 points in 19.2 minutes per contest...selected as the MAC Defensive Player of the Year...finished the season with 40 blocks which was good for third-best for a single-season by a NIU junior...is currently third in NIU history with 146 blocks...topped the MAC with 1.6 blocks per game...set the NIU single-season record for field goal percentage and finished fifth in the MAC with a .582 (103-for-177) output...currently holds the NIU record with a career field-goal percentage of .576 (269-for-467)...named MAC West Player of the Week after averaging 14.5 points and shooting 76.5% (13-for-17) in victories over DePaul (11/28/05) and Toledo (12/3/05)...was named the Jay Goedert Memorial Award winner after posting 17 points and six rebounds in the Huskies' 77-68 win over the Blue Demons...was 6-for-7 from the floor and finished with 12 points to help the Huskies snap a 12-game MAC road losing streak against Toledo...had 14 points and his tip-in with 0.5 seconds left proved to be the game-winner for NIU in a 80-78 victory over San Jose State on Dec. 29...came back the next day and tallied a game-high 18 points in a 1-point loss to North Dakota State in the championship of the Holiday Station GranTree Inn Classic...for his efforts, Hughes was named to the All-Tournament team...blocked five shots on three separate occasions against San Jose State, Eastern Michigan (1/29/06) and Central Michigan (2/22/06)...scored in double-figures 13 times, tying his personal-best set as a sophomore...pitched in 11 points in a 84-82 overtime victory over Buffalo (1/7/06)...tallied a team-high 12 points and five rebounds in a 49-43 win over Central Michigan (1/26/06)...topped the Huskies with 14 points and eight boards in a 67-55 win over Eastern Michigan (1/29/06)...posted a team-best 18 points in a 73-67 win over Ball State (2/1/06).
2004-05 Highlights: Led the Mid-American Conference and ranked No. 42 nationally in blocked shots per game (1.9) ... NIU's most efficient offensive player with a 55.6 field goal percentage for the year and a 60.8 field goal percentage in MAC play ... Averaged 9.4 points, which was fourth on the club and 10.4 points over the final 17 games ... Blocked his 100th career shot vs. Bowling Green (2/23/05) ... Averaged 11.8 points on 60.8 percent shooting during the final eight games of 2005 and reached double figures 10 times over the last 17 outings, with a career high 18 points coming at Bowling Green (1/9/05) to start the offensive run, before equaling the total with 18 tallies at Wright State (2/19/05) ... Finished second on the team and 19th in the MAC in rebounding (4.9), including a career high nine boards vs. Western Michigan (1/2/05) and nine more vs. Eastern Michigan (1/22/05).
2003-04 Highlights: Played in all-30 contests, earning starts in 14 of those games ... Finished tops among freshmen and sixth on the team with those 14 appearances in the starting five ... The most prolific freshman shot blocker in school history with 53 swats ... Was second in the MAC and No. 46 nationally with 1.8 blocks a game ... Finished sixth nationally among freshmen shot-blockers last season ... Set and tied the NIU freshman record for blocks (6) on two occasions ... Opened his career with six blocks in the season-opener against Eastern Illinois (Nov. 22) ... Tied that NIU rookie mark with six more swats in a 62-54 win over Miami (OH) (Feb. 25) ... Had at least one block in 24-of-30 games and multiple blocks 13 times ... Had five blocks against Buffalo (Jan. 25) and four more swats against Ball State (Feb. 14) ... Finished tops on the team in field-goal percentage (.606) and reached double-figures in points three times, including twice during MAC action ... Scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting against Ball State (Feb. 14) ... Added seven rebounds and four blocks vs. the Cardinals ... Sparked a late rally vs. Kent State (Feb. 4) by scoring six consecutive points and eight combined in the final 4:48 to bring the Huskies within two points of the Golden Flashes ... Also an excellent free throw shooter, hitting 68.8 percent (33-of-48) of his charity shots.
2002-03 (Redshirt): Redshirted during his first season at Northern Illinois, while working on improving his skills.
Prep: Earned a varsity letter in his only season at East Moline United for head coach Scott Hunter ... Helped guide the Panthers to a 12-13 record with a 6-4 second place finish in the Western Big Six Conference after a 2-6 mark the previous year ... Garnered Honorable Mention All-State honors from the Associated Press and Special Mention All-State accolades from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Also gained a First-Team All-Western Big Six nod as well as an All-Metro selection from the Moline Dispatch / Rock Island Argus ... Led United and finished seventh in the league with his 11.9 points per game average ... Rated among the top ten in four of the five categories including rebounding (second - 8.3 rebounds per game), field goal percentage (second - 53.9 percent) and free throw percentage (tenth - 71.4 percent) ... Captured All-European League honors during his junior season in Germany, averaging 17.0 ppg. as his squad won the national championship in the U.S. Army Division.
Personal: Son of Ernest and Barbara Chambers. Born Oct. 30, 1983, in Peoria, IL ... Enrolled in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Has one brother and one sister.