COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 28: John Shurna #24 of the Northwestern Wildcats attempts a shot against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half on December 28, 2011 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 87-54. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
John Shurna is Northwestern's new all-time scoring leader, passing Billy McKinney. We'll be examining various aspects of how cool and weird it is that the shy guy with the busted jumper is the most prolific scorer in the history of Northwestern basketball.
Today, a look at his jumper.
It's incredible obviously for anybody to set a school record for scoring. Hundreds of people have played basketball at Northwestern, some of them very talented, and as of now, John Shurna has established that he is the best in terms of putting the basketball into the hoop over the course of four seasons.
But what's really incredible is that he's done it with... well... this weird thing of a jump shot. It's not like anybody else's I've ever seen. It's extremely quick, extremely low, and looks like something you'd expect to fail miserably every time. It is not textbook in any way. Yet, it's deadly accurate. Whether pulling up or catching and shooting, Shurna's jumper has been deadly his whole career, with his three-point percentage hovering in the 40's.
Inspired by a question RossWB asked Loretta8 in an Iowa-Northwestern preview, I asked bloggers from Northwestern and around the Big Ten to describe John Shurna's jumper one to two sentences. Not as many of them got back as I might have hoped, but the ones that did are gold.
This isn't a dig at John Shurna for shooting funny. It's a testament to the fact that something which probably convinced many people watching him play that he couldn't be a good player is actually an incredible offensive weapon. Here's to Shurna for having heard people make fun of his jumper, but refusing to change. John Shurna's shot is hideous, but it's earned our love and everybody else's hate. Thanks, John, and again, congratulations.
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John Shurna's jumper is what a low-level Olympic shot-putter would look like if he was trying to compete after experimenting with PCP for the first time. - Me.