NIU guards Balls, Cravatta will transfer

Published: Sunday, April 13, 2014 11:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014 12:24 a.m. CDT

Northern Illinois sophomore guards Daveon Balls and J.J. Cravatta have been granted their release from the Northern Illinois men’s basketball program and will transfer, NIU confirmed Sunday.

Balls, a native of Indianapolis, averaged 18 minutes and four points a game as the backup to Travon Baker at point guard. NIU will add another point guard next season, when sophomore Michael Orris, a Kansas State transfer, becomes eligible.

Cravatta, who graduated from Streator High School, played 6.9 minutes a contest and averaged 2.4 points a game last season. Cravatta’s minutes were down from his freshman year, when he averaged 11.2 a game along with 2.7 points.

In addition to Balls and Cravatta leaving the program, the Huskies will lose guard Antone Christian and wing Aksel Bolin to graduation.

NIU will gain Orris, as well as Purdue transfer Anthony Johnson, a shooting guard who will have one season of eligibility remaining.

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