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Forward Aaron Falzon to graduate and transfer from Northwestern

We’ll never forget the game where Falzon single-handedly defeated the Indiana Hoosiers.

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Northwestern vs Illinois David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern forward Aaron Falzon will graduate and transfer from NU, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported Friday. A program spokesman confirmed the news to InsideNU.

“Aaron has been a great representative of our program — in the classroom, in the community, and on the court,” head coach Chris Collins said. “His career was filled with adversity, and his perseverance was an inspiration to his teammates and our coaching staff. We wish him nothing but the best with his future endeavors.”

Falzon’s transfer comes as little surprise given the redshirt junior was recognized with the rest of Northwestern’s senior class on senior day against Purdue last weekend.

Falzon came to Northwestern as one of the most highly-touted recruits of the Chris Collins era, joining the 2015 recruiting class alongside Jordan Ash and Dererk Pardon. Falzon was Collins’ second-ever four-star recruit.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Massachusetts had his best ever season at Northwestern as a freshman, averaging 8.4 points and 3.4 rebound per game. Falzon never returned to his freshman year production after he suffered a season-ending injury that cut his sophomore year short just three games into the season.

Injuries held Falzon back in his third year at NU as he attempted to play through pain, but he was clearly never fully healthy.

Falzon’s 2018-19 campaign had its ups and downs like his overall NU career, but the highlight of his (and very likely the team’s) season came in January against Indiana, when Falzon came off the bench to score 21 points in 20 minutes to lead Northwestern to a marquee win in an otherwise disappointing season.

Falzon becomes the fourth player to transfer out of Northwestern in the past two seasons (counting Johnnie Vassar, who last played for Northwestern in 2014-2015, but transferred to Tennessee Tech this past season).

Northwestern now has seven returning scholarship players, plus three incoming recruits, which leaves three open scholarship slots for the 2019-20 season.

This story has been updated to include a confirmation from the program and a quote from Chris Collins.