NIU Basketball's Paige Paulsen Out Indefinitely, Grid Standout Powers Added To Roster


February 23, 2005

NIU Basketball's Paige Paulsen Out Indefinitely, Grid Standout Powers Added To Roster

DeKalb, 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 year.

"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 P.J. Smith.
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).




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