Simon, Cameron set to play final games in Marquette for NMU men’s basketball team

MARQUETTE – Seniors Joe Simon and T.J. Cameron will play their final games at the Berry Events Center for the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team this afternoon against Lake Superior State and Saturday against Northwood.

Tonight’s tipoff against the Lakers is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., while Senior Day festivities will take place prior to Saturday’s 1 p.m. tipoff.

Simon, of Marquette, began his collegiate career at Lake Superior State before transferring to Northern for the 2010-11 season, which was the first under head coach Doug Lewis.

In 50 collegiate games with NMU, Simon is averaging 2.24 points and 1.42 rebounds per game. His best season came in 2010-11 when he averaged 4.3 points and 2.25 rebounds per game.

Simon, who is averaging 1.2 points per game this year, is the all-time leading scorer at Marquette Senior High School, a two-time Great Northern Conference Player of the Year and two-time honorable mention all-state.

Cameron, of Kalamazoo, transferred to NMU from Mott Community College during Lewis’ second season of 2011-12 and was the team’s most valuable player that year.

Known for his skills as a shut-down defender, Cameron is averaging 3.38 rebounds and 7.55 points per game in his 47 appearances and 35 starts.

Both of the injury-depleted Wildcats’ opponents this weekend rolled to home victories against NMU just four weeks ago.

The Lakers routed Northern in Sault Ste. Marie, 74-44, on Jan. 24 with Cameron and Simon being two of only six players available for the game.

The Wildcats had seven players available against Northwood two days later, but didn’t fare any better in an 81-48 loss.

Northern had eight players available in its most recent outing, a 66-46 loss at Wayne State on Saturday.

The ‘Cats have lost 10 of their last 11 games, with the lone victory coming Feb. 2 at home against archrival Michigan Tech.

In GLIAC play, NMU, 5-18 overall, is last in the North Division at 4-15 in the GLIAC with three league games to go. The ‘Cats close the year March 2 at Tech.