Northern Illinois University Lands Commitment From 2017 JUCO All-American

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

June 3, 2017

11:00 A.M. CST

Triton College head coach Steve Christiansen spent three years at Northern Illinois University as a grad assistant and Director Of Basketball Operations.  Therefore, it only makes sense that he maintains a strong relationship with the current NIU coaching staff.  Huskies head coach Mark Montgomery has definitely utilized that to his advantage and we are starting to see the results, as Triton's 6'4 sophomore shooting guard Dante Thorpe has committed to Northern Illinois and Montgomery.

Thorpe chose the Huskies over Murray State, Missouri State and New Mexico State.  He took official visits to all of these schools and also held scholarship offers from a considerable number of schools in the Ohio Valley and Missouri Valley conferences.

Thorpe, who originally hails from Washington, DC was named a Division 2 JUCO All-American this past season, having averaged just over 20 ppg.  He was the catalyst in leading Triton to a 30-3 overall record which included reaching the Region 4 finals.

Above all else, Thorpe sports considerable scoring ability.  Perhaps his primary strength is his shooting, as he shot 45 percent from beyond the 3-point arc this past season.  However, Thorpe also has playmaking skills, as he handles the ball well and consistently score in one-on-one situations.

In addition to Montgomery, kudos go to Huskies Associate Head Coach Jon Borovich, who was instrumental in Thorpe's recruitment. Both Montgomery and Borovich watched Thorpe throughout the past season at Triton and made him a high-priority recruit from the get-go.

Thorpe will join a 2017 recruiting class at NIU which includes 6'4 2-guard Rod Henry-Hayes of Zion, IL; 7'0 center Owen Hamilton of Prescott, WI; 6'5 wing forward Eugene Brown of Detroit and 6'5 2-guard Safir Daow of Australia who attended Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, FL.

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