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Northwestern men's basketball names team captains for 2015-16

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Seniors Tre Demps and Alex Olah and junior Sanjay Lumpkin earned the honor.

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The Northwestern men's basketball team will have three captains for its upcoming 2015-16 season, as named by Chris Collins earlier today.

Those three will be redshirt senior guard Tre Demps, senior big man Alex Olah and redshirt junior Sanjay Lumpkin.

Collins announced the captains in a speech to the team:

"We're honored to have Tre, Alex and Sanjay be our captains this year," Collins said in a statement. "They have done a tremendous job with leadership on and off the court. They'll serve as excellent leaders for our team going into the season."

Demps earned honorable All-Big Ten recognition as the Wildcat's leading scorer with 12.5 points per game a year ago. He has appeared in over 100 career games, including 41 starts. He has hit a number of big shots throughout his career, including in the thrilling, double-OT victory in the home finale last season. Demps hit a three-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime.

Olah, a hulking center from Timisoara, Romania, is already the Wildcats all-time leading shot-blocker with 145. He has started in 93 of the 96 games in which he has appeared. As the losses began to mount last season, Collins switched to a 2-3 zone with Olah anchoring the middle of it to some success. Olah averaged career bests in points and rebounds per game last season, with 11.7 and 6.9, respectively. Along with Demps, Olah was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick.

Lumpkin has appeared in 69 career games, making 58 starts along the way. Lumpkin is known more for his defensive prowess, having led the Wildcats in steals in each of his first two full seasons. Last season he averaged 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Northwestern is set to return all five starters from a year ago and 8 letter-winners overall from last year's squad.