Rising senior forward John Shurna, who declared for the NBA draft a couple weeks ago, will be in New Jersey this weekend for a giant workout that will be scouted by all 30 NBA teams.
Talked with Bill Carmody briefly about it and he says Shurna (and the other 43 guys at the workout) will play 5-on-5. In years past, the NBA workouts had been more of an individual nature or no more than 2-on-2.
Shurna and other non-seniors who threw their name into the draft without hiring an agent have until Sunday to retract their name. I’m assuming the 2008 Glenbard West graduate will return for his senior year at NU. I haven’t seen a single suggestion that Shurna could climb into the first round, which would seem to be the bare minimum for him to stay in the draft pool.
If you’re looking for a list of the 44 players at this week’s combine-like workout, you can find it here:
Other notable names from a Big Ten/Midwest perspective: Northern Illinois senior Xavier Silas, Minnesota junior Ralph Sampson III, Ohio State senior Jon Diebler and Notre Dame junior Carleton Scott. Chicago area products Deandre Liggins (Kentucky) and Mustapha Farrakhan (Virginia) also have invites.
A REAL WILDCAT
Walked into Northwestern’s football lobby this afternoon and there’s a real dead wildcat in there. If I understand correctly, Walter Siemian (father of redshirted freshman QB Trevor Siemian) shot the wildcat in Idaho and had a taxidermist prepare it for display.
Quarterback Dan Persa said he and the other guys think it’s pretty cool. I asked Pat Fitzgerald, who also likes the wildcat, whether Siemian deserves to rise one spot on the depth chart thanks to his dad’s contributions. Led to a funny aside about what other parents might bring in to help their sons jump up the depth chart.
I asked Persa and defensive end Vince Browne for names of some guys who will step forward in 2011. Persa mentioned slot receivers Charles Brown and Mike Jensen, running back Mike Trumpy, safety Ibraheim Campbell and a few others. Browne singled out defensive ends Tyler Scott and Quentin Williams. Apparently Scott scored a ton of defensive touchdowns during spring ball.