MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball starts off their 2019-20 season by traveling to Lebanon, Illinois to compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge. The Wildcats open the season against Lewis University Saturday afternoon and then take on the hosts, Mckendree University, on Sunday.
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SATURDAY VS. LEWIS
FRIDAY VS. McKendree
| PRESEASON HONORS
Senior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) was named to the All-GLIAC North Division Preseason Team.
The senior led the GLIAC with 2.8 blocks per game and was named All-GLIAC Defensive Team for the second straight season. He also led NMU with 7.0 rebounds per game. He also expanded his offensive game last season as he posted a career-high 14 points against University of Wisconsin Parkside and reached double figures three times on the year.
Against Davenport University and Saginaw Valley State University, he set career highs with seven blocks in both games.
| SENIOR LEADERS
In addition to Howard, the team also will lean two other seniors. Senior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) returns for his senior year and has joined Howard on the All-Defense Team the past two seasons. Taylor led the team with 1.7 steals and averaged 8.7 points. Senior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) adds to the senior group with strong shooting from the perimeter.
| CREATING OFFENSE
This year's team must replace the scoring from the GLIAC's top two scorers from last year and will turn to three players to make up the scoring.
Junior Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) and sophomore Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) showed off offensive talent in the final games of the 2018-19 season, with Fruin scoring 17 points at Purdue University Northwest and Summers scoring double-figures in six of the final 11 games. Also returning is sophomore Dolapo Olayinka (Chicago, Ill), who comes back after injury forced him to miss most of the 2018-19 season.
| EYEING AN IMPACT
Sophomores Marcus Krachinski (Perronville, Mich.), Carson Wonders (Iron Mountain, Mich.) and Naseer Turner (Chicago, Ill.), come back after gaining playing experience last year. Redshirt freshmen Hart Holmgren (Ishpeming, Mich.) and Ben Wolf (Naperville, Ill.) also return and want to make an immediate impact on the season.
| THE NEW GUYS
The Wildcats have added five new players to their team. Reece Castor (Brampton, Mich.), AJ Makinen(Waterford, Wis.), Xzavier Jones (Milwaukee, Mich.), Justin Kuehl (Iron Ridge, Wis.) and Noah Parcher (La Crosse, Wis) will each look to contribute their freshman season. Three of these players set their school's all-time scoring records. Jones was considered the #2 ranked player in Wisconsin by ESPN.
| NEW LEADERSHIP
Along with the new players, the team is under new leadership as Matt Majkrzak becomes the 15th head coach in program history. He has had previous coaching positions at Chadron State College, Bemidji State, and Bryant & Stratton College-Wisconsin.
| NMU VERSUS MCK
Last year, the Wildcats hosted the Bearcats in the Berry Events Center and came away with a 93-70 victory in the first-ever matchup between the two teams. McKendree finished 9-18 in 2018-19.
| NMU VERSUS LEWIS
NMU has won the past two meetings between the two programs with the last four meetings all coming in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge. Last season saw NMU capture a 77-59 victory. The Flyers reached the NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals as the #1 seed in the Regional and posted a 25-6 season record.
| 50 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPORTS
Throughout the 2019-20 season, NMU will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.