Sure Northwestern basketball season already started. Yeah, that game against Mississippi Valley State was pretty much what we've been waiting the whole offseason for and totally had a major impact on Northwestern's NCAA Tournament chances (wanks)
Anyway, here's a bunch of posts about Northwestern's upcoming basketball season where SoP's contributors got together to say how they felt about the team. We wanna hear what you have to say too!
Today: Last year, we asked how Northwestern would replace Juice Thompson and analyzed his absence, who more or less put the team on his diminutive back in 2010-2011. The answer, quite frankly, was simple. John Shurna stepped up, led the Big Ten in scoring, and brought Northwestern once again to the brink of the NCAA Tournament.Of course, they didn't get there. Shurna has already played summer league with the Hawks, preseason with the Knicks, and now is with Strasbourg in France. Well, another year, another star player leaves, as Northwestern will now try to make do without Shurna. How will they replace his production? Can they? Let's see what the SoP staff has to say:
The simple answer is that Drew Crawford replaces Shurna as the number one scorer, but it's not that easy. Crawford really has to make "the leap" from star to superstar bringing it on a nightly basis, not fade in and out of games and drive to the basket more, cutting out some of those contested ill-advised jumpers we've seen in his career. Let's say Crawford does indeed match Shurna's output of last year which is a tall task, but possible seeing as he is a better athlete (read: not 100% white) than Shurna. Then who else scores? So, I guess I'm saying it won't be as much about replacing Shurna as it will be who can replace Crawford in the number 2 role. Dave Sobolewski and Reggie Hearn should mature and raise their game, but neither of them are a number two caliber guy so it is really going to have to be by committee unless one of the newcomers makes a bigger impact than expected.