Mark Montgomery handed out the final scholarship of his second recruiting class when Waukegan guard Akeem Springs signed a national letter of intent to play for the Northern Illinois men’s basketball team, NIU announced Friday.
“In high school, Akeem was a do-it-all player, and at the college level we see him as a combo guard,” Montgomery said in a news release. “I think he can play the one, two or the three. He is a good athlete and a very good catch-and-shoot shooter.
“Akeem is a good rebounding guard; he already has good size and strength. He is a good student and a good all-around player, and I think the sky is the limit for him.”
The 6-foot-3 Springs averaged 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while leading the Bulldogs to the Central Suburban South championship. Springs was named to the 2012 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 3A/4A All-State third team. He was named to play in the Lake County Senior Shootout on April 13, where he scored a game-high 20 points.
As a junior, Springs averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game. Springs also helped Waukegan reach the Class 4A state final four in 2009 and 2010. Waukegan lost the 2009 state title to Whitney Young.
Springs is the sixth member of the incoming freshman class, joining Daveon Balls, Darrell Bowie, Mike Davis, Sam Mader and Travon Baker. The Huskies don’t have any more scholarships to give out until next season.