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Prospect Profile

John Shurna

  • Full Name: John Shurna
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 215
  • Birthdate: April 30, 1990
  • College: Northwestern

Strengths:
Great shooter with deep range
Intelligent/basketball IQ
Good competitor

Weaknesses:
Not an elite-level athlete
Has to get stronger

NBA projection:
Shurna has been rated among the top 70 or so draft eligible players by most experts, but that would project him into the dreaded undrafted category. He passed on an opportunity to play in the Portsmouth Invitational, so he’ll have to impress NBA teams through individual workouts. If he has a role at the next level, it’s as a situational shooter who can stretch defenses.

2011-12 Season:
Shurna finished his career as Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer with 2,038 points. He led the Big Ten in scoring and shot 44 percent from 3-point range his senior season, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in the process. He couldn’t quite get Northwestern into the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever, but he helped lead the Wildcats into the NIT, where they beat Akron in the first round and lost to Washington in the second. Shurna put a nice little capper on his season by winning the 3-Point championship at the Final Four, beating Temple’s Juan Fernandez in the finals, 21-20. He then took on women’s champion Ashley Corral of USC and won, 24-10.

Key statistics:
20.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.6 tpg, 1.2 spg, 37.3 mpg, .463 FG, .440 3PT, .753 FT

Cool statistic:
Shurna led the Big Ten with his average of 2.9 3-pointers per game.

Reminds me of:
Brian Scalabrine

What Insiders Say:
Northwestern coach Bill Carmody
"I think as a freshman he only averaged less than eight points, 7.5 points or something like that. I look back on it and I only played him about half the game, so I may have made a mistake there. He could always shoot the ball. I think what he's improved upon, and he didn't shoot that much in high school, but he had a beautiful shot, and sometimes big guys are stuck inside, but I think he has really improved as a dribbler and a passer. That dribbling helps him get to the basket a little bit. That makes him a real scorer."

What Outsiders Say:
Akron coach Keith Dambrot
“Shurna reminds me of this guy that used to play at Akron, Joe Jakubick, who's the all-time leading scorer. He doesn't look like he's any good, but he's really good. He's an awkward, good basketball player. He's gonna get his shot to play at the next level.”
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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