NIU Holds Annual Basketball Media Day

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NIU Head Coach Mark Montgomery

Oct. 29, 2013

Watch Coach Montgomery's Full Press Conference

DEKALB, Ill. -- With less than a week remaining before its season-opening exhibition contest, Northern Illinois University men’s basketball head coach Mark Montgomery and the Huskies held their annual media day on Tuesday. Click here to view Coach Montgomery’s preseason press conference.

NIU returns eight letterwinners from last season’s squad and will boast its most experienced roster of Montgomery’s tenure, led by fifth-year senior guard Antone Christian (Nashville, Tenn./Martin Luther King Magnet) and senior forward Aksel Bolin (Asker, Norway/Asker).

The Huskies welcome seven newcomers to the roster this season, including local product Jordan Threloff (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb/Illinois State), brothers Aaron Armstead (Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan/San Jose City College) and Aaric Armstead (Chicago, Ill./La Jolla Prep) as well as Michigan Mr. Basketball finalist Dontel Highsmith (Dowagiac, Mich./Dowagiac).

The Mid-American Conference also released its annual preseason poll on Tuesday; Akron was selected as the favorite in the MAC East while Toledo was picked to finish first in the MAC West.

NIU will open the season on Saturday, Nov. 2, as the Huskies host Rockford University in an exhibition contest at 5 p.m., at the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies will begin the regular season on Friday, Nov. 8, when they host Nebraska Omaha at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the 2013-14 NIU men’s basketball season are available now, with season ticket plans starting as low as $86. For more information or to purchase season tickets call the NIU Athletic Ticket Office at 815-753-PACK (7225) or log on to



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