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Xavier Silas garners pair of accolades

March 9, 2011
Xavier Silas

Xavier Silas

Northern Illinois men’s basketball senior guard Xavier Silas was named Wednesday to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team and the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 14 First Team.

Silas averaged a MAC-best 22.3 points per game this season and also grabbed 4.6 rebounds per contest.

He is the first Huskie to be named to the All-MAC First Team since Marcus Smallwood earned first team honors in 2002-03. As a NABC All-District selection, Silas is eligible for the State Farm Coaches’ Division I All-America teams, to be announced Saturday, April 2, during the NABC Convention at the NCAA Final Four.

This is the second-straight season Silas has earned all-conference and all-district accolades; he was an All-MAC honorable mention selection last season, his first year as a Huskie, and was also named to the NABC All-District 14 Second Team.

In addition to being the leading scorer in the MAC, as well as the seventh-leading scorer in the nation, Silas also ranked second in the conference in free-throw percentage (85.1 percent) and fifth in the league in three-point percentage (41.3 percent). Silas led NIU in steals and ranked third on the team in both rebounding and assists.

Silas played in 26 games this season, scoring in double figures on 22 occasions, including 17 games of 20-or-more points. He set an NIU Convocation Center record with 40 points against UIC on Dec. 14, the 11th-best single-game scoring performance in school history. Silas tied an NIU record for points in a half with 28 in the second half of the victory over the Flames.

Silas was selected as the MAC West Division Player of the Week five times this season and his 22.3 points per game scoring average is the ninth-best single-season average in Northern Illinois history.

In just two seasons at NIU, Silas scored 1,072 points, becoming just the third Huskie with 1,000-plus points in two seasons, joining Jim Bradley (1971-73) and Kenny Battle (1984-86). Silas finished his career tied for 23rd on the NIU scoring list.

Silas is joined on the All-MAC First Team by Kent State’s Justin Greene, Miami’s Julian Mavunga, Ohio’s D.J. Cooper and Ball State’s Jarrod Jones. The NABC All-District First Team also includes Greene, Cooper, Jones and Eastern Michigan’s Brandon Bowdry.

For more information on NIU men’s basketball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.