Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
By Angie Wiatrowski
Former University of Illinois and Utah Jazz All-Star point guard Deron Williams will be traded to the New Jersey Nets sending Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first-round draft picks and 3 million to Utah according to Yahoo! Sports.
Williams is averaging 21.3 points and 9.7 assists per game and his contract runs through next season with a 17.8 million player option for the 2012-13 season.
Williams received many awards during the 2004-05 season with the University of Illinois including Second Team All American as well as being named First Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten All-Tournament Team, and All-Final Four Team. He was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and named Most Outstanding Player of the Chicago Regional in the NCAA Tournament.
Last season in Utah Williams became the first player in NBA history to record at least 20 points and 20 or more assists in five straight playoff games. He was also in the middle of a season-long feud with Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, leading Sloan to resign unexpectedly on Feb. 10.
College basketball is back on CSN on Saturday as two local teams will be featured in live conference matchups.
In the first matchup at 11 a.m., Eastern Illinois will host Austin Peay in an Ohio Valley Conference clash on CSN+ while the second matchup has Evansville hosting Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Conference game at 1 p.m. on CSN.
Eastern Illinois (9-8, 1-3) is coming off of a conference loss to Murray State. Junior guard Montell Goodwin leads the charge for the Panthers as he's averaging 14.8 points per game on the season. Austin Peay (5-13, 1-3) just earned a tight win over SIU-Edwardsville to help end an 11-game losing streak. Junior Josh Robinson is having a strong season despite the losing as he's averaging 21.2 points per game for the Governors.
The second game will be on the main CSN at 1 p.m. as Southern Illinois (10-8, 3-2) tries to bounce back from a loss to Bradley. The Salukis are led by sophomore guard Armon Fletcher as the Edwardsville product leads the team at 13.7 points per game.
Evansville (10-8, 1-4) is coming off of three consecutive losses as the Purple Aces are trying to figure things out at home. Senior Jaylon Brown has been one of the Valley's premier scorers this season as he's putting up 20.9 points per contest.
Missouri Valley Conference basketball is back on CSN on Wednesday as a doubleheader begins at 6 p.m.
In the first game, Loyola will travel to Wichita State to face the Shockers in a 6 p.m. tip while the second game features Northern Iowa traveling to Bradley in a game that tips at 8 p.m.
Loyola (12-5, 2-2) has won two straight games as Chicago products Milton Doyle (Marshall) and Donte Ingram (Simeon) are both playing well. Doyle barely missed a triple-double in a win over Northern Iowa and followed that up with a career-high 35 points in a win over Bradley. Ingram has returned from a knee injury to give the Ramblers a boost as he had 25 in the win over Northern Iowa.
Wichita State (14-3, 4-0) has won five straight as they once again look like one of the Valley's best teams. Junior forward Darral Willis Jr. leads the Shockers in scoring at 12.1 points per game while sophomore Markis McDuffie is putting up 11.8 points per game.
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The second game of the doubleheader features Northern Iowa taking on Bradley. The Panthers (5-10, 0-4) have dropped five straight games as they're struggling to find help for senior guard Jeremy Morgan.
Bradley (7-10, 2-2) is coming off of a home loss to Loyola but they've had a solid bounceback season in head coach Brian Wardle's second year. The Braves only won five games all of last season as the roster has been revamped for this season.
Freshman guard Darrell Brown paces the Bradley offense at 12.2 points per game while junior forward JoJo McGlaston is putting up 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.