Shurna To Test The Waters

Posted Apr 19, 2011

Coming off an injury-plagued junior season, Northwestern forward John Shurna will enter the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent.

By not hiring an agent, Shurna leaves open the possibility of returning to Northwestern. He has until May 8th to remove his name from draft consideration; otherwise he will forego his senior season.

"This is an exciting opportunity for John and I fully support his decision," Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said in a statement. "It's a chance for him to pursue his dream and we look forward to helping him gather information throughout the process."

After a promising start to his junior season, Shurna suffered through a high ankle sprain, and his numbers declined. In January, he suffered a concussion in the Wildcats’ loss to Minnesota. Shurna averaged 16.6 points per game, down from his 18.2 points per game as a sophomore. However, Shurna did improve his three-point field goal percentage as a junior, hitting 43.4% of his shots from beyond the arc as a junior—a 7.9% jump from his sophomore season.

Shurna was named to the Midseason Wooden Award Top 30 and the Naismith Award Watch List. At the end of the season, he was named a Third-Team All-Big Ten selection.

Most importantly, Shurna has been a big part of the Wildcats’ resurgence over the past two seasons, which saw the team post a school-record 20 wins in each season. The 2010-11 season was capped off with a record run to the NIT quarterfinals.

Northwestern has had 23 players selected in the NBA Draft, but only two have been taken in the top-two rounds—the modern draft setup. Most recently, Evan Eschmeyer was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the 1999 draft.

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