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From left: NIU then-senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3), then-senior guard Darweshi Hunter (24), and then-sophomore guard David Coit (11) get in position to play after a Huskies free throw during an NIU mens basketball home game on Feb. 7, 2023. Thornton and Hunter both transferred from NIU to the University of Akron and Miami University, respectively. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

NIU Athletics’ transfers: Who’s hot and who’s not?

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 20, 2024

Like many schools, NIU fell victim to the transfer portal last season. Some departed Huskie athletes are doing better and some are doing worse.  Here are a few athletes who have gotten off to a hot start in their new homes and then some who have gone...

Kent State senior forward Chris Payton (4) guarding NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3) as Thorton looks for an opening to pass the ball. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Kaleb Thornton transferring to Akron

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton announced Monday on his Instagram that he has committed to the University of Akron. Thornton spent the last three years at NIU with career averages of 7.8 PPG (points per game), 2.8 RPG (rebounds per game),...

Kim Goranson sitting in the crowd to support her son, senior guard Kaleb Thornton, during NIU Mens Basketballs Mid-American Conference tournament showdown against the Kent State University Golden Flashes on Thursday in Cleveland. Goranson drove from Bolingbrook, IL to see her son on the MACs biggest stage. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Huskie parents support their stars on the big stage

By Alex Crowe and Joseph Segreti | March 9, 2023

DeKALB – The Mid-American Conference basketball tournament in Cleveland brought people from all over the Midwest to watch NIU basketball.  Friends and family members of players were in attendance to watch their athletes play at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse,...

Senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3) tries to defend a shot from Broncos senior guard Lamar Norman Jr. during the Huskies matchup against the Western Michigan Broncos on Feb. 11 at the NIU Convocation Center. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Huskies clinch MAC tournament berth in win over Central Michigan

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | February 26, 2023

  DeKALB – A hot shooting first half propelled the Huskies to an 84-80 win over Central Michigan University. The Huskies shot 69% from the field in the first half to help punch their ticket to the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland,...

NIU sophomore guard David Coit (11) makes a three-point attempt while Kent State University redshirt senior guard Sincere Carry (3) defends during Tuesdays night Mid-American Conference basketball matchup at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. The Huskies upset the Golden Flashes 86-76. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies strike down Kent State with three-point mania

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | January 24, 2023
NIU sank 13 three-pointers Tuesday as the Huskies, winners of three straight games, downed MAC-unbeaten Kent State during a weeknight home stand.
NIU sophomore guard David Coit attempts a three-point jump shot over Miami University senior forward Anderson Mirambeaux in the second half of NIUs 81-77 win Tuesday. (Jake Ruffer | The Miami Student)

Timely free throws ward off RedHawks comeback

By Skyler Kisellus and Zachary Bertram | January 17, 2023
Now winners of two of its past three games, NIU men's basketball snapped its five-game skid against Miami-Ohio behind 16-for-26 second-half shooting.