DeKALB — Official word came from the Northern Illinois men's basketball team that sophomore Darius Beane is immediately eligible thanks to an approved waiver to play in the upcoming 2019-2020 season.
“It’s a win-win," Huskies coach Mark Montgomery said in a statement to the Daily Chronicle. "I’m happy for Darius because it is always tough leaving one school for another school and we are obviously happy with the decision. He is going to bring college experience from his year at Southern Illinois and he is a lot like Dante Thorpe in that he can get to the basket and create his own shot. He plays unselfish, has good athleticism and can guard multiple positions. Darius will definitely add depth and even more competition to our backcourt.”
Beane, a 6 foot, 3 inch, 175-pound guard, averaged 3.0 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshsman last year at Southern Illinois. Beane is a transfer and his father Anthony Beane St. is serving in his first season as an assistant coach under Mark Montgomery.
“It is a blessing, I’ve been waiting all summer for it," Beane said in a statement issued to the Daily Chronicle. "I’ve been practicing and learning the plays, but it’s been on my mind, ‘am I going to be able to play or not.’ I’m glad it finally came through."
Four Huskies who played for last year's team transferred after the season.
Beane has three years of eligibility remaining.
This story has been updated from its original version with comments from Montgomery and Beane.