BAY CITY, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball placed four student-athletes to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Teams for their success this season.
Seniors Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) were both named First Team All-GLIAC for the second straight season. The duo finished the year leading the GLIAC in scoring as Johnson finished the year with 20.7 points per game and Echols was in second with 19.2 points a game. In GLIAC contests, the pair paced the league with 19.1 points per game.
Johnson finished second on the team with 5.6 rebounds per game and also was second with 44 assists. Echols was fifth in the conference with 3.7 assists a game. The two added a steal each per outing. Both seniors also led the GLIAC from the free throw line. Johnson finished with 5.4 made free throws a game to lead the league while Echols was second with 4.9 makes per game.
Juniors Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) and Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) were named to the All-Defensive team after earning the same distinction last year. Howard led the GLIAC with 2.9 blocks a game, totaling 77 for the season. He is sixth in the nation in both categories as well. Taylor routinely guards the team's top perimeter player or point guard and has led the Wildcats with 1.7 steals per game and has tallied 48 so far this season. Howard tallied a career-high seven blocks against Davenport University earlier this season and had six at Michigan Technological University. Taylor had six steals for a career-best against Lake Superior State University. He also notched four steals at Purdue University Northwest along with four games with three steals.
The four helped guide the Wildcats to 16 wins in the regular season and a GLIAC Quarterfinals victory over Ferris State University. NMU will take on #8 Davenport University in the GLIAC Semifinals Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Davenport. The team is also currently ranked eighth in the regional rankings.