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Northwestern's John Shurna to stay in school

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          John Shurna isn't going anywhere.

            The Northwestern forward decided on Sunday that he will return to Evanston for his senior season, after participating in an NBA invitation-only workout in New Jersey over the weekend for 22 college players.

            The deadline for Shurna to withdraw his name from the NBA draft was Sunday. Shurna declared for the draft April 19 but did not hire an agent. The draft is June 23.

            "We had talked about [the draft] and I wanted him to do it and he wanted to do it," Wildcats coach Bill Carmody said. "He wanted to get some feedback from all these different NBA guys."

            Carmody accompanied Shurna to the workout Saturday, which was hosted by the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks at the PNY Center. Carmody said he was fairly certain that all 30 NBA teams were represented.

            Carmody said Shurna handled the pressure of working out at the camp and was not awed by the situation. Carmody also said Shurna made the decision to stay in school early Sunday morning.

            When Shurna announced in April that he was declaring for the draft, the 6-8 Shurna was projected as either a second-round pick or going undrafted.

            Shurna started last season averaging 23.3 points per game before he suffered a high left ankle sprain in a victory against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 23. After the injury, Shurna's shot suffered and his scoring production dropped.

            A concussion suffered at Minnesota on Jan. 26 was another setback for Shurna, and resulted in the Glenbard West alum sitting out for about a week.

            Shurna finally got his groove back late in the season and scored 20 or more points in the Wildcats' final three games of the season. He ended the season averaging 16.6 points.

            With point guard Michael Thompson graduating, Shurna is the top returner for the Wildcats in 2011-12.

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