Rosters set for Northern Illinois University men's basketball alumni games this Saturday

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February 20, 2003

ROSTERS SET FOR NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL ALUMNI GAME THIS SATURDAY
DEKALB, IL --- Coaches Phil Jackson, Rick Adelman, Maurice Cheeks, and Don Nelson should be so lucky.

That’s because the rosters for the third annual Cardinal and Black Northern Illinois University men’s basketball Alumni Game this Saturday (February 22) have been selected. If alum “mentors” Bill Finucane and Mike Korcek do not start overcoaching, then it should be another awesome display of Huskie cage prowess for area fans.

Tipoff for the Alumni Game in the new $35.8-million Convocation Center is 11 a.m. (CST). Fans (and groupies) must present tickets for the Northern Illinois-Central Michigan Mid-American Conference showdown that follows at 2:05 p.m. (CST). Tickets are available at the Convocation Center or by telephoning toll free 1-800-332-HOWL or 815-753-0353.

The two rosters feature four Huskie National Basketball Association draft picks in forward Kenny Battle (first-round by the Detroit Pistons in 1989), forward Matt Hicks (fourth round by the San Antonio Spurs in 1977), forward-center Tim Dillon (third-round by the Chicago Bulls in 1984), and forward Paul Dawkins (10th-round by the Utah Jazz in 1979), plus NBA free agent guard Donald Whiteside (Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks in 1996-98).

Battle, Dawkins, Dillon, Hicks, and guard Willie Hanson are all members of the Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame while that fivesome, plus forward Donnell Thomas, swingman Brad Waller, and Whiteside made the Huskie All-Century Team in 2000-01. Five other participating NIU alums---guard Carl Armato, swingman Mike Hidden, center Ron Lindfors, forward Shawn Thrower, and guard Jerry Williams---received votes on the All-Century unit. Armato and Whiteside, of course, are current members of head man Rob Judson’s coaching staff.

Three former Northern Illinois head coaches---John McDougal, Tom Jorgensen, and Jim Molinari---are expected to be in attendance Saturday. The Alumni Game participants and other former Huskies will be recognized at halftime of the CMU-NIU showdown. RSVPs have come from Hall of Famer Ollie Krahenbuhl---a member of the 1940-41 Little 19 Conference cage champions, two-sport All-Century pick and College Football Hall of Fame inductee George Bork, and Hall of Famer Roger Dutton. Whiteside led the Red squad to a 97-86 victory last year with a game-high 25 points. The first Alumni Game in the current series ended in a 65-all tie.

The players were selected in a secret draft Thursday afternoon conducted by coaches Finucane and Korcek in the NIU Office of Sports Information.

Northern Illinois Cardinal Alumni Team Roster: Guard Stacy Arrington (1987-91) (Chicago / Calumet), forward Kenny Battle (1984-86) (Aurora / West), forward Paul Dawkins (1975-79) (Saginaw, MI), forward-center Tim Dillon (1980-84) (Franklin Grove / Franklin Center), guard Ephraim Eaddy (1998-2000) (Chicago / Tabernacle Christian), guard Willie Hanson (1963-67) (Mendota), forward Earl McKelvy (1974-77) (Oakland, CA), guard Randy Norman (1984-88) (Aurora / West), forward Mike Padden (1980-83) (Geneva), guard-forward Joe Parys (1981-82) (Chicago / Holy Cross River Grove),
forward Rodney Pruitt (1978-80) (Chicago / Carver), guard Chuck Schramm (1980-81) (Highland Park), forward Donnell Thomas (1987-91) (Chicago / Robeson), and guard Bruce Washington (1975-77) (Aurora / West), and guard Jerry Williams (1983-87) (Alliance, OH) Head Coach: Bill Finucane (Northern Illinois, 1974). Assistant Coach: John McDougal (Evansville, 1950).

Northern Illinois Black Alumni Team Roster: Guard Carl Armato (1981-84) (Rockford / Boylan), guard John Benson (1968-71) (Lawrenceville), guard Rodney Davis (1984-88) (Aurora / East), guard Bob Green (1976-77) (Aurora / West), forward-center Antwon Harmon (1988-91) (Chicago / Hyde Park), forward Matt Hicks (1974-77) (Aurora / West), forward-guard Mike Hidden (1988-92) (Rockford / Loves Park Harlem), forward Bruce Janus (1968-71) (Elgin / St. Edward), center Ron Lindfors (1980-83) (Bensenville / Franklin Park East Leyden), center Matt Nelson (1998-2002) (Albion, NE), forward-guard Art Rohlman (1968-71) (Streator / Ottawa Marquette), forward Shawn Thrower (1977-81) (Chicago / Carver), guard-forward Phil Trager (1968-71) (Marseilles), guard-forward Brad Waller (1982-85) (Lombard / Glenbard East), guard Larry Walter (1974-77) (Denver, CO / Washington), and guard Donald Whiteside (1987-91) (Chicago / Leo). Head Coach: Mike Korcek (Northern Illinois, 1970). Assistant Coach: Tom Jorgensen (Michigan, 1956).

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