NIU Senior Forward Marcus Smallwood To Return To NIU Lineup On Wednesday
DEKALB, IL -- Northern Illinois senior forward Marcus Smallwood
will make his return to the Northern Illinois lineup on Wednesday,
when the Huskies host Mid-American Conference West Division rival
Bowling Green at the Convocation Center in DeKalb.
the Huskies' recent road swing through Central Michigan and Toledo
for team and individual concerns and returned to the team bench
during Saturday's (Feb. 14) contest vs. Ball State.
"Due to team and individual concerns, Marcus did not travel
with the team the past two games, and did not dress against Ball
State," head coach Rob Judson said. "We have addressed
those concerns and are moving forward. Marcus now has another opportunity
to be a positive teammate and to have the proper attitude within
our program. He is having a fine career here at NIU and we will
look forward to having him compete the rest of this year, with a
strong contribution to this team and program."
Smallwood leads the team in scoring (14.3 ppg.) and rebounding (9.7
ppg.) and ranks among the MAC's top five in four statistical categories,
total rebounding, offensive rebounding, defensive rebounding and
"This was best for the team at the time," Smallwood said.
"Obviously, I wish the whole thing never happened, but people
make mistakes. This was a great learning opportunity for me. I am
being given a second chance. I 'm looking forward to getting back
out there on Wednesday and helping this team out any way I can."
The Huskies host Bowling Green at 7:05 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
NIU will look to avenge a Jan. 10 loss to the Falcons in Bowling
Green, OH. Smallwood scored a season-high tying 22 points in that
contest, but the Huskies fell 76-69.