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March 26, 2012

Shurna an All-American

EVANSTON, Ill. - John Shurna (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) has been recognized by the Associated Press as an honorable mention member of its All-America teams announced Monday.

He is first Northwestern player to earn All-America recognition from the AP since Evan Eschmeyer was a second-team selection in 1999.

The 6-foot-9 forward recently completed his Northwestern career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,038. The total ranks tied for 24th in Big Ten history.

A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, Shurna averaged 20.0 points per game in conference play to become the first Wildcat to lead the league in scoring since Ray Ragelis in 1951. Shurna also averaged 20.0 in all games played to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. His 661 points scored in 2011-12 broke his previous school record of 619 set during his sophomore year.

He shot 44 percent from 3-point range this season to rank sixth in the Big Ten and paced the league with an average of 2.9 3-point field goals per contest.

In addition to being NU's all-time leading scorer, Shurna also ranks first with 136 career blocks and 130 games played. He was third in the Big Ten this season with a norm of 1.6 blocks per contest.

Shurna also ranks in the top 10 in Northwestern history with 704 field goals (2nd), 128 games started (2nd), 4,132 minutes played (2nd), 274 3-point field goals (3rd), 356 free throws (6th), 295 assists (7th) and a .401 3-point field goal percentage (8th).

Along with Davide Curletti, Nick Fruendt and Luka Mirkovic, Shurna is a member of the winningest class in program history as the team posted 76 career victories. The group is also the first to appear in postseason play all four seasons of their careers.

Other Big Ten players named to the All-America teams include Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Michigan State's Draymond Green, who were both named to the first team, while Michigan's Trey Burke, Purdue's Robbie Hummel, Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor and Indiana's Cody Zeller joined Shurna as honorable mention picks.



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