March 13, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats forward John Shurna (24) celebrates Northwestern's victory against the Akron Zips during the first round of the 2012 NIT Men's Basketball Tournament at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Akron Zips 76-74. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE
Former Northwestern Wildcats star John Shurna participated in an NBA Draft workout with the Washington Wizards on June 19. He is hoping to get selected in the 2012 NBA Draft and will fight to make an NBA roster.
On Tuesday June 19, former Northwestern Wildcats star John Shurna participated in a draft workout with the Washington Wizards, who hold the No. 3, No. 32 and No. 46 picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. Shurna worked out with Harrison Barnes and Kris Joseph as part of a three-man session for Washington, but Shurna is probably the longest shot to make an NBA roster. He finished up his Northwestern career as the school's all-time leading scorer, but questions about his athleticism and ability to defend in the NBA have limited him to the No. 73 overall prospect in the 2012 NBA Draft class, according to Draft Express.
One thing Shurna can certainly do is shoot, and his experience in the Princeton offense has helped to make him a well-rounded player with good basketball instincts. After the workout Shurna spoke with reporters, noting it was his ninth NBA Draft workout and providing some insight on the process he has gone through so far, so be sure to check out the video on the Wizards' team website.
As for what Shurna believes his role could be in the NBA, he spoke to NBADraftBlog.com about that topic and plenty more back on June 12:
"I can come in and be an energy guy off the bench, knocking shots down from the perimeter. Whatever plays I can make to help the team win, I will go out there and do that."