Shurna Named Honorable Mention All-American Writer
Posted Mar 26, 2012

In a season when he became Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer, all-time blocks leader and this year’s Big Ten scoring champion, John Shurna continues to bring rack up accolades. On Monday, he was named honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.

Shurna, who was a first team All-Big Ten selection, helped guide NU to a fourth straight NIT appearance and was a part of the winningest senior class in school history. This year, he averaged 20 points per game — tops in the Big Ten — and scored 661 points, which broke the previous record of 619 that he set in 2009-2010. He scored 2,038 points in his career, which was good for 24th all-time in the Big Ten.

Shurna’s versatility was one of his biggest assets during his NU career. Not only was he third in the Big Ten with 1.6 blocks per game, he was also sixth in the league with a 3-point field goal percentage of 44 percent and led the conference with 2.9 threes per game.

According to a release from the school: “Shurna also ranks in the top 10 in Northwestern history with 704 field goals (2nd), 128 games started (2nd), 4,132 minutes played (2nd), 274 3-point field goals (3rd), 356 free throws (6th), 295 assists (7th) and a .401 3-point field goal percentage (8th).”

Shurna joins four other Big Ten players — Trey Burke (Michigan), Robbie Hummel (Purdue), Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin) and Cody Zeller (Indiana) — as an honorable mention pick. Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Michigan State’s Draymond Green earned first team All-American honors.

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