The NIU men's basketball team received an invitation to play in the inaugural Vegas 16 Basketball Tournament. Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier, Head Coach Mark Montgomery, and players Travon Baker and Chuks Iroegbu were on hand to answer questions about the Huskies first postseason appearance in 20 seasons.
CAREER: Closed his NIU career with a school record 126 games played (having never missed a game in his career), including 101 career starts … Leaves NIU as the school’s all-time steals leader with 184 career steals … Finishes his career ranked second in school history with 357 career assists.
2015-16: One of two Huskies to start all 34 games … Named MAC West Player of the Week on both Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 … Ranked eighth in the MAC in assists with 3.7 per game, a total of 127, tied for fourth-most in a single-season in NIU history … Shot 76.3 percent from the free-throw line, 11th-best in the MAC (90-of-118) … Ranked sixth in the MAC in steals with 1.5 per game, a total of 50, 10th-most in a single-season in NIU history … Recorded a 1.8 assist/turnover ratio, eighth-best in the conference … Averaged 11.9 points per game in league play, tied for 22nd in the MAC … Shot 81.1 percent from the free-throw line in league play, sixth-best in the conference (54-of-66) … Shot 37.1 percent from the field (108-of-291) … Shot 37 percent from the three-point line … Averaged 28.7 minutes per game … Made 67 three-point field goals, third-most in NIU history … Attempted 181 three-point field goals, the most in NIU history … Made seven three-pointers against Eastern Michigan (Jan. 9), going 7-of-11, tied for the second-most in a game in school history … Scored in double figures 20 times and led NIU in scoring in nine games … Scored 20-plus points five times, including a season-high 25 twice, Ohio (Jan. 6) and Eastern Michigan (Jan. 9) … Also scored 20-plus points against UIC (20; Dec. 29), Toledo (23; Jan. 12) and Toledo (21; Jan. 22) … Recorded five-plus assists 12 times, including a season-high nine against Chicago State (Dec. 2) … Recorded a season-high five steals against Toledo (Jan. 12) … Went 14-of-15 from the free-throw line against Ohio (Jan. 6) … Played a season-high 43 minutes against Florida International (Dec. 19).
2014-15: Appeared in all 30 games, including 18 starts, playing 25.6 minutes per contest ... Averaged 8.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game ... Ranked 13th in the MAC in assists, averaging 3.1 assists per game ... Ranked eighth in league play with 3.4 assists per game ... Ranked sixth in the MAC in steals, averaging 1.5 steals per contest ... Also ranked sixth in steals in league play, averaging 1.6 per contest ... Ranked 10th in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio at 1.6 ... Recorded his 100th career steal against Notre Dame (Dec. 22) ... Finished the season with 134 career steals, third-most in NIU history ... Scored in double figures 10 times ... Recorded a season-best 21 points in a victory over Akron (Jan. 21), going 6-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line ... Also scored 20 points against Bowling Green (Feb. 7) ... Made the game-winning basket on a banker in the lane with 2.4 seconds to play at Miami (Feb. 4) ... Dished out a season-high eight assists against Kent State (Jan. 10) ... Started the first four games of the season and then the final 14 games of the year.
2013-14: Appeared in all 32 games, including 31 starts ... Averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game ... Averaged 2.4 assists per game, 15th-best in the MAC ... Shot 73.4 percent (80-of-109) from the free-throw line, 13th-best in the conference ... Ranked 10th in the MAC averaging 1.5 steals per game and tied for sixth in league play with 1.8 per contest ... His career-high five steals against Buffalo on Jan. 25 were the most for a Huskie since Jake Anderson's five on Feb. 24, 2010 ... Scored in double figures in 14 times ... Scored a season-best 17 points on three different occasions: James Madison (Nov. 15), at Toledo (Jan. 22) and Toledo (Feb. 26) ... Pulled down a season-best five rebounds three times: Bethune-Cookman (Jan. 3), at Central Michigan (Feb. 23) and Toledo (Feb. 26) ... Had a season-best six assists twice: San Jose State (Nov. 16) and at Ball State (Feb. 1) ... Connected on a three-pointer with nine seconds left in regulation at Ball State (Feb. 1) to force overtime, NIU went on to win the contest ... Named to the NIU Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 9.3 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in the tournament.
2012-13: Played in 30 games, starting 18 ... Averaged 3.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.9 assists while playing 22.2 minutes per game ... Poured in a career-best 17 points on five-for-seven shooting at Dayton (Dec. 1) ... Led team in assists and steals with 58 and 41, respectively ... Made four steals in a game three times: at Valparaiso (Nov. 13), vs. Judson (Nov. 18), and at Dayton (Dec. 1) ... Dished out a career-best six assists vs. Central Michigan (Mar. 2) ... Pulled down five rebounds, all defensive, vs. Ball State (Feb. 13) ... Thrice reached double-digits in points: 17, at Dayton (Dec. 1), 10, vs. SIU-Edwardsville (Dec. 5), and 10, at Central Michigan (Jan. 23).
Prior to NIU: Led Consortium to an 18-5 record and a state regional final appearance as a senior while averaging 16 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and five steals per game ... Earned Class C All-State honors from the Associated Press, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press ... Named All-Detroit by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press ... Averaged 14 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals as a junior, helping Consortium to a 20-6 record and a trip to the state semifinals
Personal: Full name is Travon Baker ... Born on January 14, 1994 in Detroit, Mich. ... Son of Derrick and Latonya Baker ... Majoring in Communications.