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Northwestern Notebook 6/28

by Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan)

Shurna in the Draft

Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago had a nice piece on Shurna's preparation for the NBA Draft tonight. It's tough to tell whether Shurna will hear his name called — most "experts" don't see him being drafted — but he has worked out for a number of NBA teams and said he's gotten good opinions from all of them. Plus, draining 36 of 40 three-pointers can't hurt.

Shuna isn't the type of guy who can be a game-changer inside or drive to the rim, and he was realistic about what he can bring to an NBA team:

“I think shooting is an attribute I can bring to an organization,” Shurna said in the article. “Every team can use shooting, and I’m a guy who has done that and proven it against the Big Ten and in these workouts. I’ve always thought one of my best attributes is I’m a competitor and I love to win. I’ll go out and make the hustle plays and run up and down the floor and do the little things that help a team to win."

That's the one thing that Shurna can do better than most others in the draft — shoot. And if a team sees him as a possible Kyle Korver or Steve Novak type, he has a shot to be a solid contributor to an NBA team.

Prater Waiting on the NCAA

The best thing to expect from the NCAA is to not expect anything. Kyle Prater has been learning that the hard way, as he awaits a waiver to play in the fall after he transferred from USC. However, the waiting may soon be over, as the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein reports that Prater should hear from the NCAA in July.

Prater cited family reasons as the reason for leaving USC to come to Northwestern, which is closer to his Maywood, Ill., home. Given other recent transfer waivers, Prater seems like a solid candidate. Amir Carlisle, who left USC for Notre Dame to be closer to family, got a waiver, and DeAnthony Arnett received a waiver to for family reasons after leaving Tennessee for Michigan State.

Given that the rule is rooted in the idea that it will prevent teams from transferring to contenders without having to sit out a year, Prater seems safe — USC is considered a National Championship contender and NU isn't picked to contend for anything other than bowl eligibility by most national experts. However, with the NCAA, it's impossible to tell what will happen.

“It has been a strange process,” Prater told Greenstein, “but we’re optimistic.”

Grevers swims second fastest time ever

Northwestern graduate Matt Grevers already has three medals — two golds and a silver — from the Beijing Olympics and he'll be going for more in London, as he swam a 52.08  — the second fasted time in history — to win the 100 meter backstroke at the Olympic Trials in Omaha on Wednesday.

Grevers won the silver in the 100 backstroke in Beijing behind American Aaron Piersol, who set the world record of 51.94 seconds on July 8, 2009. He was also second behind Piersol in the Olympic Trials in 2008.

This is a much bigger stage, but Grevers was also an NCAA Champion for NU during 2005 and 2006. He is the second former NU athlete to qualify for the London games, as former NU wrestler Jake Herbert has already qualified.