Just a couple of weeks after he declared for the NBA draft, Northwestern Wildcats forward John Shurna has announced that he's changed his mind, stating in a news release:â†µâ†µ
"This was a great opportunity for me to receive feedback on the areas of my game that I need to improve upon," Shurna said. "In the end, it's in my best interest to return to Northwestern for my senior year. I'm excited to continue playing with my teammates and work with our coaching staff as we strive to achieve our goals."
Shurna was injured and missed most of the last half of the season, but still helped lead the Wildcats to one of the best years in school history; he averaged 16.6 points per and 4.9 rebounds per contest. He averaged 23.3 points per game over Northwestern's first 10 contests before suffering the ankle injury. Coach Bill Carmody is happy to have Shurna back:â†µâ†µ
â€œWeâ€™re obviously excited to have John return for his senior season,â€ Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said. â€œWe would have supported him no matter what decision he made. He received a lot of positive feedback from the NBA programs and the whole process was a good experience for him.â€â†µâ†µ
The Wildcats advanced to the postseason this past season for the third straight year and got to the quarterfinals of the NIT, and won 20 games for only the second time in school history.