Though former Northwestern player John Shurna has yet to play any significant time in the NBA, news has broken that he will be participating in the NBA Summer League this year. This will be Shurna's third straight appearance in the NBA Summer League surrounding a brief signing with the New York Knicks and international play. Shurna will be playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer.
Shurna played four seasons at Northwestern from 2008 to 2012. During this time, Shurna played in a total of 130 games including more than 30 games in each season. His best year in Evanston was the 2011-12 season where he averaged 37.2 minutes, 20 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists and led the conference in scoring. In his four years with the program, the Wildcats made the NIT in each season.
Since his time in Evanston, Shurna went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft and opted to play for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2012 NBA Summer League. He was signed to a deal with the New York Knicks and was waived at the end of the preseason and then signed with Strasbourg IG.
Following his play with Strasbourg IG, Shurna once again returned to the NBA Summer League in 2013 and played with the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 21 points in his first game. After this, he headed back overseas and played with Darussafaka S.K. to play in the Turkish Basketball League.
Now, Shurna will turn his eyes to the NBA once again and hope that he can take the next step in his career and earn a roster spot in the NBA. He will certainly have to improve and be productive in Summer League play to keep this dream alive and considering his decent play last year, it's certainly still on the table.