Waukegan's Springs commits to NIU

April, 17, 2012
Waukegan senior guard Akeem Springs has committed to Northern Illinois.

Springs, a 6-4 guard, chose the Huskies over UIC. Springs previously made commitments to Tennessee State and Mississippi Valley State and decommitted from both schools.

"It's a tiring process," Springs said of his recruitment on Tuesday. "I remember my first letter coming from Kentucky when Tracy Webster was there. I was excited at the start, but the process is tiring. You feel like you're being sold a car every day. I'm definitely happy to be over with it and move past it."

Springs averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists for Waukegan this past season.

"I can give them a big guard who can play a bunch of positions, a guy who can play defense and score from different spots on the court," Springs said.

Springs is the sixth player to join Northern Illinois' Class of 2012.

Northern Illinois went 5-26 last season in Huskies coach Mark Montgomery's first year. The Huskies' roster included seven freshmen and sophomore last year.
Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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