March 10, 2010
CLEVELAND - Northern Illinois junior guard Xavier Silas, who ended the 2009-10 season ranked second in the Mid-American Conference in scoring, was named to the Honorable Mention All-MAC team, as announced by the league office in conjunction with the quarterfinal round of the FirstEnergy MAC Tournament Wednesday morning.
In MAC play, Silas ranked second in the league in scoring (20.4 ppg), 19th in rebounding (5.6 rpg), eighth in free throw percentage (.832), fourth in three-point field goals per game (2.25) and 17th in minutes played (31.56 mpg).
"Xavier (Silas) certainly deserves to be recognized for the impact he had on our league this season," said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. "Particularly early on in our MAC schedule, it was evident that coaches were designing their defensive game plan around him, and he did a nice job of adjusting to that."
"Along with all of his teammates, Xavier has a big offseason ahead of him. I'd like to see his field goal percentage numbers improve, and he also has the potential to be a great defender next season. He was a huge part of our team this year, and I expect him to be one of the top players in our league again next season."
Silas scored 20 or more points 10 times on the season, and posted 19 double-digit scoring outputs. He led the Huskies in scoring on 16 occasions, and was NIU's second-leading rebounder in conference play. Eight of his 20-point outbursts came in MAC action.
Silas scored a career-high 31 points on 10 field goals against visiting Ohio on Jan. 27. He also added 30 points with 10 rebounds for his first-career double-double versus Ball State on Feb. 13. Silas went 15-for-15 against the Cardinals in the MAC opener (1/9/2010), setting a school record for single-game free throw percentage.
For the season, Silas led the Huskies in points (493), scoring average (19.7), field goals (141), three-point field goals (52), free throws made (159) and attempted (196). His 493 points were the most scored by an NIU player in a single season since Leon Rodgers scored 596 points, the fifth-most in school history, during the 2001-02 campaign.