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Vic Law to miss entire 2015-2016 season with shoulder injury

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The sophomore has torn his left labrum.

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Northwestern sophomore wing Vic Law will miss the entire 2015-2016 season due to a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the program announced Wednesday, dealing a major blow to the Wildcats just two days before their season opener Friday night against UMass-Lowell.

Law (6-foot-7, 200 pounds) played in 32 games last year, starting 19, while averaging 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. His .442 three-point shooting percentage in conference play ranked fifth in the Big Ten.

Law, an athletic wing from the Chicagoland area, was expected to play a major role this season on the wing at both the "three" and "four" positions. He was Northwestern's highest-rated recruit in program history, and despite getting off to a slow start last year, showed major improvement, especially with his jump shot, in the latter portion of the year. Over the offseason, he had added a significant amount of muscle in the weight room as well, an area he struggled with in his first year.

With Law missing the season, Northwestern will need freshman Aaron Falzon, another highly-rated recruit who has a very good three-point shot, and Nate Taphorn, Northwestern's best shooter from last year, to step up in a major way. Sanjay Lumpkin and Scottie Lindsey are also candidates to see more time due to Law's injury. Gavin Skelly could also be a candidate for some minutes.

Both Law and head coach Chris Collins will meet with the media later this afternoon.

Northwestern opens the season at home against UMass-Lowell on Friday night at 7 p.m.