After briefly flirting with the NBA Draft in 2011, Shurna decided to return to Northwestern for his senior season. While he had a stellar senior year, doubts remain about whether he will be able to play in the NBA.
Throughout his collegiate career, Shurna has proven that he has the ability to score the basketball a myriad of ways. However, his best skill going forward will be his ability to consistently knock down perimeter shots. During his last two seasons at Northwestern, Shurna shot over 43% from behind the 3 point line.
On the defensive side is where Shurna struggled the most in college. At 6’9 220, he is unable to guard small forwards on the perimeter due to his lack of lateral quickness, and struggles guarding power forwards in the post because his lack of bulk. However, he has proven to be a capable help side defender, as evident by him holding Northwestern’s record for career blocks.
There is a role for Shurna in the NBA due to the lack of players taller than 6’8 that can shoot consistently from the perimeter. Before a team will take a chance on Shurna, he will have to improve in all other facets of the game, especially on defense.
|Rank||68th overall (13th SF)|
|Projection||Late 2nd round/Undrafted|
Active hands defensively
Elite jump-shooting ability
Knockdown deep-ball shooter
|Weaknesses||Below average strength and athleticism