Playing in the NBA apparently no longer seems so incomprehensible to John Shurna.
Shurna has requested an evaluation from the NBA underclassmen advisory panel and expects to hear back by early next week. He will then meet with Northwestern coach Bill Carmody to discuss his future, a school spokesman said.
It seems far-fetched that Shurna would even consider turning pro before his senior year, given that an ankle injury and concussion limited him for the final three months of the season. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford ranks him as the nation’s 127th best prospect. Shurna declined an interview request through the school.
One source said that Shurna simply wanted to put his name out in NBA circles and get an evaluation of his game. The 6-foot-8 forward from Glen Ellyn averaged 24.4 points in NU’s first nine games before spraining his left ankle.
In October, Shurna practically blushed over an NBA-related question.
Given that he had scrimmaged against Team USA players such as Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Rajon Rondo over the summer in Las Vegas, Shurna was asked if the experience made him more or less likely to think he could play in the pros.
“I think it’s wild that I’m getting a question like that,” he replied. “Never in a million years would I have thought I would. You work hard and hope you get the chance just to play college basketball.”