DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois head coach Mark Montgomery announced that sophomore forward Nate Rucker will not return to the Huskie basketball team for the 2011-12 season.

“Nate Rucker has decided to leave Northern Illinois and continue his collegiate career closer to home,” said Montgomery. “We wish Nate well in his future endeavors.”

As a freshman, Rucker averaged 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds while appearing in all 30 games.