Redshirt junior Jordan Threloff (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb/Illinois State) and freshman Aaric Armstead (Chicago, Ill./La Jolla Prep) earned all-conference recognition today, as the Mid-American Conference announced its all-league and all-freshman selections.
The Huskie duo have helped NIU to 14 wins so far this season, a nine-game improvement over 2012-13, which ties a school-record for the largest single-season improvement in NIU history.
In his first season at NIU, Threloff is averaging 9.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and has appeared in all 30 games this season, including 24 starts. Threloff has scored in double figures 12 times this season, including in nine of the final 14 games of the regular season.
In conference action, Threloff ranks fifth in the MAC in rebounding, pulling down 7.9 boards per contest, 10th in free throw percentage, connecting at 79.1 percent from the line, and tied for 10th in blocked shots, averaging one per conference game.
Threloff has a pair of double-doubles this season, including a 27-point, 18-rebounds performance in a double-overtime victory over Eastern Michigan on Feb. 20. Threloff is NIU’s first All-MAC honoree since Xavier Silas was named to the All-MAC First Team in 2011.
Armstead is averaging 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest this season, having appeared in 28 games, including 19 starts. During league play, Armstead averaged 9.6 points per game, fourth among conference rookies, and 4.6 rebounds per contest, second-best among league newcomers. Armstead was the only player in the MAC ranked in the top-five of both categories.
Since entering the starting lineup on Jan. 3 against Bethune-Cookman, Armstead is shooting 43 percent from the field and has scored in double figures in 10 of 19 contests.
Threloff, Armstead and the Huskies host Bowling Green tonight in the First Round of the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament. Game time against the Falcons is scheduled 7 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center.