Paige Paulsen Out Indefinitely, Grid Standout Powers Added To Roster
IL - Northern Illinois University men's basketball coach Rob Judson
announced Monday (Feb. 21) that sophomore forward Paige Paulsen
(Custer, SD/Custer) may miss the remainder of the season due to
lingering effects from a concussion, and that Huskie football wide
receiver Shatone Powers (Broadview, IL/Riverside-Brookfield) will
be added to the roster.
Paulsen, who had missed the previous three contests with a concussion
(suffered Feb. 6 at Kent State), averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 rebounds
and 1.3 assists in 21 games for NIU, which included seven appearances
in the starting lineup. Paulsen also reached double figures in points
six times during the year, including a career high 19 in an 84-69
win at DePaul on Nov. 27.
Paulsen joins fellow sophomore Ryan Paradise and freshman Craig
Reichel as injured NIU players who could miss the remainder of the
"With the indefinite status of Paige (Paulsen), we've added
Shatone Powers to our roster," Judson said. "Shatone is
an excellent athlete with a great attitude for this situation. Our
players are familiar with him through playing a lot of pick-up games
together during the off-season. We are grateful to Coach Novak for
allowing Shatone to practice and help the team."
Although Powers will dress at all remaining NIU contests, the junior's
immediate impact will be felt on the practice floor. A former honorable
mention all-state cager at Riverside-Brookfield High School as a
senior by both the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Champaign
News-Gazette, Powers averaged 21.0 ppg. in his final prep season,
leading the Bulldogs to a 23-5 overall record. An All-Suburban Prairie
Conference pick, Powers averaged 17.0 points as a junior after transferring
from Proviso East High School, the high school home of former Huskie
On the gridiron, Powers is a standout wide receiver for NIU, which
saw the team cap a historic 2004 season with a 9-3 overall record,
a MAC Co-West Division crown and a 34-21 Silicon Valley Football
Classic victory over Troy University.
The 6-foot-0, 183-pounder, played 11 games for the Huskies last
season and ranked fourth on the club with 19 receptions for 248
yards. Powers also grabbed four touchdown receptions, including
a 41-yard "Hail Mary" at halftime of Northern Illinois'
34-16 win at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 20) and a career long 47-yard
grab in the bowl-game win over Troy.
Powers will begin practicing with the Huskies on Monday (Feb. 21)
and will dress for the Feb. 23 home contest with Bowling Green.
The last Huskie Ironman to play both football and basketball was
Vaurice Patterson (1991-96). A 6-foot-0, 172-pound guard on the
hardwood and receiver on the gridiron, Patterson played in 107 games
for Northern Illinois over his four seasons, which included 65 starts.
Patterson averaged a career best 8.6 points as a senior during a
1995-96 campaign which saw Northern Illinois win the Midwestern
Collegiate Conference Tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament
as a No. 15 seed against No. 2-seeded and eighth-ranked Texas Tech.
Patterson started all-30 games for NIU that season and ranked second
on the club with 87 assists.
Northern Illinois returns to action on Feb. 23 in a MAC West Division
tilt with Bowling Green. The contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
(CST) and will open a three-game home stand for Northern Illinois
to finish off the regular season. Prior to the upcoming home stretch,
Northern Illinois had not played back-to-back home dates since Dec.
1 (Bradley) and Dec. 4 (Akron).