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After appearing in two regular season games and two playoff games last season, former Huskie Xavier Silas will rejoin the Philadelphia 76ers for training camp. Silas was one of four free agents signed by the Sixers ahead of the opening of training camp on Tuesday. Silas averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds during his regular season stint last season with the Sixers, he also averaged 9.8 points during his 39 games with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Developmental League.


Silas and the Sixers begin the preseason next Thursday, Oct. 11, when they travel to Orlando.


Xavier Silas made his first appearance of the playoffs last night in game three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics. Silas played a pair of minutes, scoring two points while also grabbing an offensive rebound. Silas and the Sixers fell to the Boston Celtics last night, 107-91, and trail 2-1 in the series. Game four against Boston will take place on Friday night in Philadelphia.  


Former NIU standout Xavier Silas made his NBA debut on Wednesday for the Philadelphia 76ers against the Milwaukee Bucks. Silas came off the bench for the Sixers, playing a little over 18 minutes while scoring five points. With his first action, Silas became the first Huskie to play in an NBA game since Donald Whiteside's last appearance with the Atlanta Hawks on November 4, 1997.

In his second NBA game on Thursday night, Silas scored six points, grabbed three rebounds and had two assists against Detroit

Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago caught up with Silas to talk about receiving his call from the Sixers.


With the end of the NBA lockout, former Huskie star Xavier Silas is getting his chance to make it in the NBA. Silas has joined the Philadelphia 76ers as a non-roster player hoping to impress and earn a spot on the team. Silas averaged 22.3 points per game last season for the Huskies, seventh-best in the nation. Silas and the Sixers open the preseason on Friday, Dec. 16 as they travel to Washington.


With the NBA Draft just two days away, former Huskie Xavier Silas has finished his whirlwind spring and early summer filled with pre-draft camps and workouts. The Austin, Texas native worked out for 10 NBA teams in his preparation for the draft and could become the first NIU player selected in the NBA Draft since Tim Dillon was selected in the third round of the 1984 draft by the Chicago Bulls. Gareth Sleger of the Rockford Register Star caught up with Silas to talk about his workouts and his prospects for Thursday night's draft.


Xavier 5.jpgJeff Borzello of features Xavier Silas and San Jose State's Adrian Oliver, both of whom rank in the top 10 in the nation in scoring following transfers during their career. In just two seasons at NIU, Silas has scored 1,072 points, becoming just the third Huskie to score 1,000 points in two seasons at NIU.


Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune features Xavier Silas and how he has become one of the elite scorers in the nation through hard work and the influences of NBA stars such as Chauncey Billups and Kevin Love. Silas and the Huskies begin a four-game homestand on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center against Kent State.


Xavier Silas.jpgXavier Silas is putting together an outstanding season for Northern Illinois. The second leading scorer in the country, Silas is averaging 24.2 points a game and has led the Huskies in scoring in 18 of the Huskies' 21 games this season. As Jay Taft of the Rockford Register Star reports, Silas is getting plenty of attention from NBA scouts.



Despite battling flu-like symptoms for much of the week, Xavier Silas had another impressive performance last night for the Huskies, scoring 39 points to lead NIU to an 83-74 victory over Akron. Silas was 9-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point line, and also grabbed eight rebounds as NIU improved to 7-11, 3-3 in the MAC.

With his performance, Silas was named's Mid-Major Stud of the Night.

The Huskies return to action on Saturday when they travel to Buffalo. Game time is set for 11 a.m. CT. 


David Thorpe of recently featured NIU's Xavier Silas as one of his potential sleepers in the 2011 NBA Draft. In evaluating Silas, here are some of Thorpe's thoughts:

- "I like Silas' compact and repeatable shooting form from deep better than any player I've studied in college this season."

- "He could also hit that difficult shot off of a baseline screen or flare from the top because the wing 3-pointer is such a deep shot. I'd guess there won't be three players from this class who will be able to make that shot consistently over their NBA careers, but Silas will be one who can."

- "Silas surprised me with his defense, smartly switching screens in rapid succession and finding the right guys to rotate to quickly. This shows me he's locked into the game plan."

To read Thorpe's entire column, click here. Silas and the Huskies return to the NIU Convocation Center on Wednesday night when they host Akron at 6:30 p.m.



The NIU men's basketball team opened practice over the weekend. Here's a report from the Huskies' first practice of 2010-11.


Entering head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton's fourth season, a new theme has emerged amongst his players: chemistry. Few would doubt that the Huskies were a talented team last season, but as Jeremy Werner of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle points out in this article, the improved chemistry on the 2010-11 squad could be just the intangible NIU is looking for to bring the talent together. Here's brief snippet of Jeremy's article:

Patton said that though team chemistry is intangible, it can't be overrated.

"I think it's the hardest thing to achieve and maybe the most important thing," Patton said. "Every team's going to have guys that can shoot the basketball. Every team's going to have guys that can rebound, defend and different things. But if they don't get along, if they're not pulling in the same direction, they're always going to underachieve."
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