John Shurna’s NBA Journey Begins

Although John Shurna became the leading scorer in Northwestern University men’s basketball history, he wasn’t selected in any of the two rounds of this year’s NBA Draft.

Shurna will have to take the long road to NBA stardom as he will begin play in the summer league with the Atlanta Hawks.

Shurna, who averaged 20 points per game last season for the Wildcats, watched the draft with his father and was disappointed to not hear his name called by any NBA team. While Shurna was one of the more prolific scorers in the Big Ten, he wasn’t able to prove to scouts he was worthy of a selection last week.

The 22-year old from Glen Elyn will have to work hard this summer to impress scouts and the Hawks as well. Shurna is a long shot to make any NBA roster this upcoming season and could possibly join a list of former Wildcats who currently play overseas.

Shurna shouldn’t have to endure this struggle, but he will due to immense amount of guards in the NBA. Even though he could play the forward position, Shurna excelled playing as a guard at Northwestern.

If Shurna does indeed make a NBA roster, he won’t see time as a regular starter, but could factor into a solid bench role over a prolonged career. However, if Shurna doesn’t make a team, it will be hard luck for a player that will go down as one of the best to ever play at Northwestern.

Follow on Twitter @Emod88