Greatest of All Time Tourney: Northern Illinois

On we go to Northern Illinois, where it is unlikely that anyone should be surprised to find TJ Lux representing the Huskies in our bracket this summer - though they might be surprised that we have someone from Northern Illinois even participating in this tournament, since no player in a Huskie uniform has ever reached close to the heights of even a Wally Szczerbiak - Paul Dawkins is the only NIU alum to ever reach the NBA, and that was for all of one season (plus a couple flirtations in the ABA by Jim Bradley and Billy Harris). [Edit: Xavier Silas also played in four games for the 76ers this season.]

TJ Lux (1996-2000) - Lux was a pretty bright kid (multiple academic all-american honors) who is still the owner of dlux Evolutionary Personal Training despite the fact that he just completed his first season as head coach at his alma mater Merrillville High School back in Indiana.

Lux also is high atop the Huskie record books, as he is still the team's all-time leading scorer and rebounder - appropriate for the man affectionately known as "The King of the Double-Double" (he had 59 during 118 games at NIU).

He went straight to Europe after his college career for six seasons, where he averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds per 40 minutes over a French League career that saw him play with Reims, Pau-Orthez, and Dijon.

Short and sweet, I know, but Lux was about as well known for his on-court play as he was for his off-court actions (like volunteering his time at a young fan's birthday party).

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