45   Bryson McKenzie
Bryson McKenzie

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Gary, IN

High School:
West Side

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 230

Position:
Center


2005-06 (Junior): Appeared in all 28 games, including six starts...averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game...was second on the squad with 18 blocks... owned a team-best field goal percentage of 61.7% (29-for-47) from the floor...grabbed at least five rebounds in four of his six starts...recorded at least one field goal in his last 11 games...made his first career start against Winthrop (2/18/06) and responded with a, then, career-high eight points and six rebounds...averaged 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in his six starts...posted a career-best nine points and six rebounds on 4-for-8 shooting in an 80-70 triumph over Central Michigan on Feb. 22...scored seven points in six minutes in a 80-78 win over San Jose State (12/29/05)...collected seven points and five boards in 10 minutes of action in a 102-61 win over Aurora (11/26/05).

2004-05 (Sophomore): Showed improved play on defense to earn more minutes over the final two weeks of the season ... Dished out a career high two assists in eight minutes of playing time at Toledo (2/12/05), before grabbing two boards in seven minutes at Eastern Michigan (2/16/05) ... Scored two points and grabbed two boards in a season-high nine minutes at Wright State (2/19/05) in the ESPN Bracket Buster ... Saw his first collegiate action in nearly a year with one minute of playing time at Loyola (11/20/04) ... Returned to action vs. Akron in the MAC-opener and scored two points on a fast break lay-up ... Those points were his first since Dec. 30, 2003, vs. St. Francis ... Grabbed a board in one minute of action at Eastern Illinois ... Gave the Huskies a great lift off the pine in a 73-67 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12/29/04) ... Scored two points on a "baby hook" and grabbed two boards in six minutes of action ... Returned to the scoring column with another "baby hook" vs. Ohio (1/12/05) in the home win ... Recorded a fast break layup and a block vs. Eastern Michigan (1/22/05) and powered home a layup at Ball State (1/29/05).

2003-04 (Redshirt): Underwent a pair of knee surgeries, the first in mid- October, and the second on Feb. 18, to help repair a right-knee injury sustained during off-season workouts prior to the start of the 2003-04 season ... Never healed properly after the first surgery and played in six games before undergoing the second arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 18 ... Averaged 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in those six outings ... His six games played fell under the NCAA's "20 Percent Rule", which allowed him to earn a medical redshirt ... Played a season high 10 minutes against St. Francis (Dec. 30), scoring two points and grabbing a career high four rebounds ... Played eight minutes against Cornell College (Feb. 15), scoring a career high four points on 2-of-3 shooting ... Also netted three boards ... Played one MAC contest against Ohio (Jan. 3).

2002-03 (Freshman): Captured initial collegiate varsity monogram by playing in 24 contests ... Ended the season fifth on the squad with eight blocked shots. Saw first action in a Northern Illinois uniform with seven minutes against Wisconsin (11-16-02) at the NABC Classic ... Notched first collegiate rebound, assist and block in that contest ... Set a career-high with three rejections in just four minutes of play against Illinois-Chicago (12-28-02) while scoring his first collegiate points. Got in for a season-best 12 minutes at Toledo (1-8-03), highlighting his playing time with a slam dunk ... Nailed first NIU free throws with a pair of tosses from the charity stripe against Ball State (2-1-03) ... Played double-digit minutes in back-to-back contests versus Toledo (3-1-03) and at Central Michigan (3-5-03).

2001-02 (Redshirt): Redshirted his initial year at Northern Illinois, while working on improving his skills.

Prep: Came into his own his final two seasons for coach John Boyd as a two-year letterwinner at Gary West Side ... The Cougars posted a 16-4 mark his final season with a 3-1 record in the Northwest Conference ... Season culminated in a 57-53 loss to East Chicago Central High School in the regional championships of the Indiana Class AAAA state tournament ... A key component to coach Boyd's balance attack that used a deep rotation, he averaged 4.5 points per game while grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game with one rejection a night ... Put on an impressive display at the East Chicago Turkey Tournament, earning all-tournament accolades from the coaches.

Personal: Son of Bruce and Mary McKenzie ... Born July 19, 1983 ... Majoring in Industrial Engineering Technology.

McKenzie Career Highs

Minutes: 16on two occasions
Points: 9 vs. Central Michigan(2/22/06)
Rebounds: 6on two occasions
Assists: 2 at Toledo(2/12/05)
Steals: 1on three occasions
Blocks: 3 vs. UIC(12/28/02)
FG: 4 vs. Central Michigan(2/22/06)
FG Att.: 8 vs. Central Michigan(2/22/06)
3PT FG Made: n/a
3PT FG Att.: n/a
FT Made: 2on five occasions
FT Att.: 4 vs. Ball State(3/1/06)

McKenzie Career Stats at Northern Illinois

Year	G-GS	FG-A	Pct.	3FG-A	Pct.	FT-A	Pct.	Reb.	Avg.	Pts.	Avg.
2002-03	24-0	3-11	.273	0-0	.000	5-14	.357	21	0.9	11	0.5
2003-04	6-0	3-6	.500	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	7	1.2	6	1.0
2004-05	21-0	6-8	.750	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	16	0.8	12	0.6
2005-06	28-6	29-47	.617	0-0	.000	15-26	.577	46	1.6	73	2.6
Totals	79-6	41-72	.569	0-0	.000	20-40	.500	90	1.1	102	1.3