Echols Named Preseason All-GLIAC As Men’s Basketball Hosts Exhibition Games

Echols Named Preseason All-GLIAC As Men’s Basketball Hosts Exhibition Games

MARQUETTE, Mich.  --  Junior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell)  was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason All-GLIAC Team as the Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team opens the 2017-18 season this weekend with two games.

Echols returns to the Wildcats after leading NMU with 17.6 points a game, shooting 48 percent from the field, and 42 percent from the three-point line.  He also finished fourth in the GLIAC from the free-throw line, shooting 88 percent on the season. 

Northern Michigan hosts St. Norbert College Saturday at 1 p.m. in an exhibition game to kick of this year.  They then will host Bay College in a scrimmage at 1 p.m. 

Video of both games will be available.  Radio and live stats will be provided for Sunday's game as well. 

Follow @NMU_Wildcats on Twitter continued updates throughout the weekend.

GAME NOTES

Returning Depth: 

Seven of the team's top players from last year are returning for this season.  In addition to Echols, sophomore Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Thornton), senior Jordan Perez (Greendale, Wisc.), junior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.), sophomore Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) and sophomore Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic) return after logging significant minutes last season.  Sophomore Will Carius (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) also returns after making eight starts in ten games before losing the remainder of the season to illness.   Sophomore Ian Hodges (Flint, Mich./Holly) returns for his sophomore season and will seek an expanded role after averaging eight minutes in 23 games last season. 

Perez leads the way:

Perez enters the season as the lone senior and will be looked on to provide leadership.  Last season, he finished second on the team with 12.3 points a game and 2.2 assists per game. 

The man in the middle:

Howard returns for his sophomore season looking to make a larger impact inside.  During his freshman campaign, he started six games while averaging nearly 18 minutes a game.  With a season of experience, his role appears to be expanded to provide more scoring and rebounding inside for the Wildcats. 

Impact Transfers:

Junior Transfer Max Prendergast (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids West Catholic/Grand Rapids CC) and senior transfer Eddie Torres (Muskegon, Mich./Cumberland CC) joins the Wildcats after gaining experience at the junior college level.  Prendergast comes in looking to add more depth to the low post.  Torres joins a talented group of perimeter players and will provide more experience and size to the guard position.

New Faces:

The Wildcats welcome six freshmen to the team this season, Carson Wonders (Iron Mountain, Mich.), Marcus Krachinski (Powers, Mich./North Central), Anthony Bethea (Muskegon, Mich.), Dolapo Olayinka (Chicago, Ill./Mather), Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wisc./Turner) and Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.)

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