Hidden named MVP to cap NIU’s season

By Wes Swietek

The NIU men’s basketball team officially capped its season this weekend with the annual postseason Awards Banquet.

NIU seniors Mike Hidden and Brian Molis were honored for their NIU careers with Hidden, a Huskie for four years, dominating the awards.

Hidden received the Slam Dunk, Assist Leader, Most Valuable Player and Most Influential Player Awards. The 6-5 guard ended his career as one of the Top-30 all time Huskie scorers.

Molis, a two-year Huskie after transferring from Colorado, took the Free Throw Percentage and Rebounding Leader crowns.

Sophomore center Steve Oldendorf received the Academic Achievement and Most Improved Player Awards.

Junior guard David Mitchell took the Best Defensive Player nod.

The final 1991-92 statistics revealed that Hidden led NIU in games, free throws made, assists, minutes played and was second in scoring (14.6 ppg.) and third in rebounding (5.4 rpg.).

Molis led the Huskies in scoring (16.3 ppg.), rebounding (6.7 rpg.), three-point baskets, free throw percentage and was second in minutes played.

The Huskies finished the 1991-92 campaign with an 11-17 record and 7-9 (sixth place) in the Mid-Continent Conference.

Molis had the single-game high in points with 33 against Texas Tech in NIU’s regular-season finale.

‘Huskie head coach Brian Hammel, who has already signed five recruits, said he is still shopping around for a few potential Huskies.

Hammel hopes to have commitments before the April 15 national signing date.

‘With the recent announcement of Stu Jackson as Wisconsin’s new head basketball coach, it appears that Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Dick Bennett will be back to head the Phoenix next year.

Bennett was rumored to be in line for the Wisconsin job but decided to stay put after meeting with Wisconsin Athletic Director Pat Richter last week.