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Sports

Men's basketball: Wilson, NIU part ways

Mary Beth Nolan - mnolan@shawmedia.com
Northern Illinois guard Marshawn Wilson moves the ball in the Huskies' 83-71 win over California State Northridge Friday Nov. 13, 2015.
Mary Beth Nolan - mnolan@shawmedia.com Northern Illinois guard Marshawn Wilson moves the ball in the Huskies' 83-71 win over California State Northridge Friday Nov. 13, 2015.

Marshawn Wilson and the Northern Illinois have mutually parted ways, the school said in a statement released 90 minutes before the team's home game Tuesday.

“After meeting with Marshawn, it was mutually decided that the best course of action at this time is for him to have a fresh start with another program,” NIU coach Mark Montgomery said. “We appreciate Marshawn’s contributions to our program and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

In 18 games this season, Wilson averaged 4.9 points and 2.1 rebounds a game. He has seen his time decrease as the year has gone on.

It's been a tumultuous season for Wilson, who came to the Huskies from Oakdale, Minnesota, and was on the same traveling team in high school as current teammates Levi Bradley and Jaylen Key. He missed two games earlier in the season – Nov. 25 against Elon and Nov. 26 against UIC, both games that the Huskies lost – that Montgomery cited as a suspension.

He also had a two-game stretch in which he didn't play – at home against Central Michigan on Jan. 7 and at Kent State on Jan. 10, both of which the Huskies won.

He hadn't played in the past three games, and Montgomery said after the Eastern Michigan game on Feb. 4 that Wilson did not play because the NIU coach wasn't happy with the sophomore's practices leading up to the contest.

Wilson scored in double figures just three times this season, including a season-high 19 points in the Huskies' loss at Minnesota on Dec. 11.

The 6-foot-3 guard burst onto the scene as a freshman last season, providing plenty of optimism for the future. He averaged 11 points a game in 19 minutes a game as a freshman, shot 41.3 percent from the 3-point line and even started nine contests to help the Huskies to their best season in two decades.

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