Illinois Adds Pair Of Freshmen Walk-Ons, Clair Leaves Team
Northern Illinois University mens 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.
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 NCAAs 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.
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 areas 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 Heralds 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
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.
is scheduled to open the 2005-06 season on Nov. 19 at Missouri State
University (formerly Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, MO.