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.