For the Northern Illinois Huskies, there was bated breath and considerable angina about what would become of Eugene German, the sophomore standout who entered his name for consideration for the coming NBA Draft. After consideration and evaluation, German announced this week that he would be returning to Dekalb, much to the celebration of Huskies fan and the consternation of the rest of the MAC who now has to deal with the conference’s leading scorer for another season.
To the NIU release!
Northern Illinois University men’s basketball sophomore Eugene German (Gary, Ind./21st Century Charter) has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to NIU for his junior season in 2018-19.
“Going through this process has been a great learning experience and I am thankful for having had the opportunity to do it,” said German. “My full focus now is to work and improve with my teammates this summer, to have the best season we can possibly have next year.”
“We are happy that Eugene has made the decision to return to NIU,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “After carefully considering his options, he made the decision he thinks is best for his future. We look forward to being a part of Eugene’s continued development as a player and as a leader.”
During the 2017-18 season, German led the Mid-American Conference in scoring as he averaging 20.6 points per game. An All-MAC Second Team and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 14 First Team selection, German scored in double figures in all 32 games of his sophomore campaign, including 18 games of 20-or-more points.
The Gary, Ind., native scored 659 points this past season, the third-most in a single season in NIU history. He shot 77.1 percent from the free-throw line, 12th-best in the MAC, and made 1.9 three-pointers per contest, 13th in the conference. In his two seasons as a Huskie, German has played in 63 games, including 38 starts, scoring 938 points with 164 rebounds.
This right here is why I am such a fan of the way the NBA does their combine and pre-draft goings on now. In any given year there are likely only a handful of sure-fire can’t-miss prospects that will actually have a career rather than a cup of coffee in the professional ranks. For a player like German, he gets tangible feedback on what needs to improve and what’s ready, and now he can work on his craft again this coming season. It’s a win-win for all involved and those kinds of things don’t happen often in college sports when the NCAA and NBA are involved.