Northwestern’s Shurna Wins 2nd Big 10 Player of Week Award

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A Northwestern player winning the Big Ten Silver Basketball award? We’re a long way off from that and there’s a ton of college basketball left to be played, but it might just happen. NU junior forward John Shurna (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) earned his second Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor this season and the fourth of his career.

Shurna led the undefeated Wildcats to a pair of victories last week, averaging 27 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2 blocked shots per game. He shot 76 percent from the field in the contests in helping Northwestern to its first 7-0 start since the 1993-94 season.

Shurna leads the Big Ten and ranks ninth nationally with an average of 23.7 points per game. He’s also third in the nation with a .622 3-point field goal percentage and sixth with an overall field goal percentage of .643.

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Northwestern’s John Shurna: Big Ten’s Leading Scorer

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It’s very early in the college basketball season, but Northwestern’s John Shurna is first among all Big Ten players in scoring; as well as first overall in 3pt field goals made. Shurna’s teammate Drew Crawford is third, giving the ‘Cats an exciting high-scoring team.

In 2009-10, Shurna was named the nation’s Most Improved Player by Sporting News. Shurna’s scoring average ranked third overall in the Big Ten, while his norm of 20.1 points per game in conference play were one point shy of surpassing Ohio State’s Evan Turner (the man challenging Jenn Sterger for the prize of “individual I’ve written about most) for the scoring title.

Shurna was a second-team All-Big Ten selection last season, pacing the Wildcats with averages of 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. His 619 points set a Northwestern single-season record and helped the team to a program-best 20 victories and its second straight appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. He also took home the Chicago Invitational MVP award as the Cats took home that tournament title.

I still think he’s one of the more overlooked and underrated players in college basketball, but he was named to the watch list for both the Wooden and Naismith awards, two of the most prestigious honors in the game.

By Paul M. Banks

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