Huskie basketball teams announce new recruits

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Sophomore guard Jayden Marable (left), redshirt freshman guard Sidney McCrea, junior forward A’Jah Davis, freshman forward Laura Nickel and redshirt senior guard Paulina Castro on the field in the season opener against Bowling Green State University on Feb. 2 at DeKalb, where NIU fell 64-54. The Huskies were finally swept away by the Falcons in 2022 after losing Game 2 to BGSU 81-52 on Sunday on the road in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Summer Fitzgerald | North Star)

According to NIU Athletics press releases, several new signings have been announced for NIU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams for the 2022-23 season.

Male basketball rookies

Xavier Amos is a 6’8 forward from Chicago. He attended Whitney Young High School and was awarded the IBCA All-State First Team.

Armandas Plintauskas is a 6’4 guard from Kedaini, Lithuania.

Taku Youngblood is a 6’1 guard from Yokohama, Japan.

Yanic Konan Niederhauser is a 6’10 forward from Geneva, Switzerland.

Zarique Nutter is a 6’6 guard from Newark, New Jersey.

Female basketball rookies

Tara Stauffacher is a junior forward, Columbus, Wisconsin, previous school: University of Wisconsin.

Tati Hodges-Johnson is a junior guard from Des Moines, Iowa. She previously attended Kirkwood Community College and was an NJCAA DII National Champion.

Kortney Drake is a junior guard from Wilton, Iowa. She also attended Kirkwood Community College and was an NJCAA DII National Champion. Drake received the NJCAA DII First Team All-American award.

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