By Joe Henricksen

NIU lands Gray twins

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By Joe Henricksen

Northern Illinois coach Mark Montgomery, who has been on the job for just a few weeks, locked up his first Chicago area commitment as Keith and Kevin Gray of Brooks committed to the Huskies.

The 6-7 athletic twins, who helped lead Brooks to a city championship and a third-place finish in Class 3A, are bouncy and active inside players. Keith Gray, among the top 35 prospects in the loaded Class of 2011, averaged 15.7 points and 11 rebounds a game this past season, while Kevin Gray averaged 11 points and 9.7 rebounds.

Keith Gray had a knack for playing his best in big games, including his 22 point, 18-rebound performance against Simeon and 23 points and 14 rebounds against Morgan Park. The Gray twins are bouncy, active and became much more assertive and productive over the course of their senior year.

Over the weekend, Montgomery dipped into his Michigan ties and secured a commitment from a highly-regarded guard out of Saginaw. Marquavis Ford, a 6-2 guard, will sign this week and be a part of the NIU Class of 2011 recruiting class.

NIU is also in hot pursuit of De La Salle's Dre Henley, one of the top uncommitted players in the state.

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Great start to the Montgomery era. Now let's get Henley! What about Julien Lewis? Someone needs to get him, NIU would be a nice fit IMO.

Rumor is Culley Payne was on campus this weekend as well?

Thank You very much for starting the ball in the right direction, now get Donald Whiteside to be your assistant and the rest is gravy!

Now NIU needs a Simeon or Young player or a player from the North Shore, and don't forget the Catholic League either, and someone from downstate, leave no stone unturned, this is a goldmine program, it needs to be cultivated the right way, don't forget Donald Whiteside, if you bring him into the fold, he has alot of contacts, the former NIU Huskie is the right man to be on your staff, continued success, see you at the top!
Thanks for signing the twins, also check out the charter schools as well, Anthony Davis had to have had some competition, don't you think!

Phil Smith Jr. good call on this one. And I don't get a chance to say this very often but I agree that NIU should be able to compete in the MAC every year based solely upon it's proximity to hotbed of basketball talent.

Youngster coming from Saginaw, Michigan, how sweet it is, can the man recruit or what, continued success, I think it is time for me to make that drive on I-88 and see some games, matter-of-fact, let's make it look like a parade, and get a caravan going to the games, maybe we should look into booking one at the United Center, just a thought!
Continued success!
NIU basketball, catch the wave of future success!
P.S. Don't forget to make a call to Hillcrest High School, the last two season's, Coach Hutson has had two youngsters, sign at two schools in your conference, hint, hint, let's keep the rest in the state, also make a call to Seton and Hales, Rich South, and Rich East has a really good sophomore on the horizon, and don't forget about Crete-Monee, well I will keep the hints coming, thanks for following up, the twins started it off, and now Saginaw, how sweet it is!

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