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2011 NBA Draft: Northwestern's John Shurna Declares For Draft

After one of the most successful seasons in Northwestern history -- they made it to the NIT quarterfinals -- without junior forward John Shurna, who suffered an ankle injury and missed most of the season, the Wildcats learned today that Shurna intends to leave the school and file for the NBA draft. He's filed the draft paperwork but has not yet hired an agent.

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

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Shurna was one of the nation’s top 3-point shooters in 2010-11 and finished with a .434 percentage from beyond the arc. He ranks 10th on Northwestern's all-time scoring list with 1377 points.

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He can still change his mind and return and be eligible for his senior season if he withdraws by the May 8 deadline, but as of now, it appears the Wildcats will be losing one of their top players for next season.