Clair leaves Huskies for junior college

By Jarrod Rice

It was addition and subtraction for the NIU men’s basketball team on Monday.

Coach Rob Judson announced sophomore Frank Clair will leave the team and likely attend a junior college.

“Frank came to summer school and worked out with the team and decided he wanted to go to junior college,” Judson said.

The 6-foot-6 Clair averaged 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 13 games with the Huskies.

Clair was declared ineligible for the Spring 2005 semester by the Mid-American Conference, despite meeting NCAA standards.

“I can’t speak for him, but Frank wants to go in a different direction,” Judson said.

Judson also announced that the team has added two walk-ons for the upcoming season.

Ryan Brown of Crystal Lake and Richard Oruche of Bensenville will try to help face the task of replacing Clair.

Oruche is the brother of current NIU defensive end Robert Oruche and averaged 19.9 points as a senior.

The 6-foot-5 Brown, who was offered a division I scholarship by Army, averaged 18.1 points in his senior campaign.

The two newcomers will hope to help the Huskies, who will for the first time in school history host members of the Big 12 and Big East conferences in the same season.

The Huskies will host the DePaul Blue Demons on Nov. 28 and the Kansas State Wildcats on Dec. 20.

“It’s the best home schedule we’ve had in the Convo,” said Judson, who returned from a recruiting trip last Tuesday. “It should be fun, we have a little more balance with more home games.”

The Huskies defeated the Blue Demons at DePaul last season 84-69 for their first victory of the season.

DePaul finished the season with a record of 20-11 and advanced two games in the NIT.

The Huskies are 0-8 all-time against Kansas State including a 81-66 loss last season on Dec. 21.