Northern Illinois Adds Pair Of Freshmen Walk-Ons, Clair Leaves Team

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August 22, 2005

Northern Illinois Adds Pair Of Freshmen Walk-Ons, Clair Leaves Team

DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois University men’s basketball coach Rob Judson announced a pair of roster additions for the 2005-06 season on Monday (Aug. 22), as Ryan Brown (Crystal Lake / Crystal Lake South) and Richard Oruche (Bensenville / Fenton) have been added to the roster as walk-ons, while sophomore wing Frank Clair (Chicago / Leo) has left the program.

The 6-foot-6 Clair appeared in 13 games during his freshman season, averaging 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 5.2 minutes of playing time. The Chicago Leo product scored a season high six points in the home-opener against Southwest Missouri State (Nov. 24, 2004), but was later ruled academically ineligible for the Spring semester by the Mid-American Conference, despite meeting the NCAA’s eligibility guidelines. Clair did regain his academic standing following the Spring 2005 semester and participated in summer school and summer workouts with the program. It is anticipated Clair will continue his playing career at the junior college level.

Northern Illinois did bolster its depth on the wing with the additions of the prep standouts Brown and Oruche.

Offered a Division I scholarship by Army, Brown earned three letters while playing for head coach Gary Collins at Crystal Lake South High School and ranked among the area’s leaders in scoring each of his final two seasons. An All-Area selection by both the Daily Herald and Northwest Herald as a junior and senior, Brown averaged 18.1 points during his final campaign en route to being named Co-Captain on the Daily Herald’s 2005 All-Area squad. The 6-foot-5, 175-pounder also earned All-Fox Valley Conference recognition as a junior and senior, helping lead the Gators to a 22-7 overall mark in 2004. A three-year starter at C.L. South, Brown finished his career with 1,064 points.

The brother of current Northern Illinois football defensive end Robert Oruche, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard earned All-Suburban Prairie Conference East honors following his junior and senior seasons, averaging 18.2 tallies as a junior and 19.9 points as a senior. A two-time All-Area pick by the Daily Herald, Oruche earned Most Valuable Player recognition for Fenton in 2004 and helped the program to its first IHSA Regional Championship appearance since 1986. Oruche doubled as team MVP once again in 2005 and received consideration from Southern Illinois and Alabama State before choosing Northern Illinois.

Northern Illinois is scheduled to open the 2005-06 season on Nov. 19 at Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, MO.


 

 

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