June 1, 2012
DEKALB, Ill. -- J.J. Cravatta, a 6-foot-2 guard from Streator, Ill., has been admitted to Northern Illinois University and will walk on to the men's basketball team this fall, announced Huskie men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery.
"We are pleased to have J.J. joining our program," said Montgomery. "He is a combo guard who had a great high school career locally and is a tough, hard-nosed kid with a good understanding of the game. We think he can have a positive impact on our program."
Cravatta, The Daily Times of Ottawa 2012 Player of the Year, scored 1,960 points in his high school career, setting a new Streator Township High School record. Cravatta scored 779 points during his senior season (26.9 points per game), the seventh-best single-season mark in IHSA history.
Named conference player of the year and AP Class 3A All-State Second Team, Cravatta led Streator to a regional title as a senior, the school's first regional crown in 43 years.