NU's Jared Swopshire out for season
February, 12, 2013
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
Northwestern senior forward Jared Swopshire underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the season, the school announced.
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhNorthwestern's Jared Swopshire started 24 games this season and averaged 9.7 points before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Swopshire suffered the injury during the second half of Saturday’s game at Iowa. He transferred to Northwestern as a fifth-year graduate student prior to the season. He attended Louisville for his first four years and redshirted one season due to a groin injury.
“We all feel badly for Jared that he won't be able to play out the remainder of his final collegiate season," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said in a statement. "He has been a terrific addition to the program, both on and off the court. He was enjoying a very productive year and was playing his most consistent basketball of the season when the injury occurred. There is every indication that he'll experience a full recovery.”
Swopshire started all 24 games this season and averaged 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Wildcats. His rebounding average was Northwestern’s highest since Evan Eschmeyer averaged 10.1 in the 1998-99 season.
Swopshire adds to Northwestern’s list of injury problems this season. The Wildcats lost Drew Crawford to season-ending shoulder surgery in December. Freshmen Sanjay Lumpkin and Chier Ajou and junior Nikola Cerina have also been limited due to injuries. Junior guard JerShon Cobb also sat out this season due to academic issues.
Northwestern is 13-11 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten this season. They travel to face No. 13 Ohio State on Thursday.