Chicago Colleges: Mitch Henderson

NU's Hearn reflects on inspirational career

March, 13, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- What senior guard Reggie Hearn did at Northwestern on the court, which recently culminated into an all-conference honorable mention selection, can be attributed to the countless hours he put into his game.

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Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesReggie Hearn's hustle and motivation have made him a senior leader at Northwestern. Hearn earned his spot as a starter his junior year; Wildcats coach Bill Carmody now wonders if he should have started Hearn as a freshman.
How he ended up here and ever saw the floor during his four years with the Wildcats was more by chance.

Leading up to Northwestern’s first-round Big Ten tournament game with Iowa on Thursday, Hearn recently reflected on his journey from being barely recruited to becoming a Northwestern walk-on to now being the team’s leading scorer.

It’s a tale Hearn doesn’t mind sharing, and it’s one he certainly doesn’t take for granted. While he never doubted he had the ability to play in the Big Ten, he does understand it was only by chance he was able to prove that.

“To be honest with you, I reflect a lot on my good fortune,” Hearn said. “I think a lot of people of will say, ‘It’s a great story. He worked hard and everything.’ I remember a quote coach [Bill] Carmody said about me at the beginning of the year about Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘Outliers,’ about a lot of successful people attribute to their hard work and everything, but the opportunities they had are really what get them there.

“You see, with me starting last year, we had two guys ahead of me get injured. Do I see the floor much last year if they don’t get injured? I don’t know. It was just a matter of me being able to capitalize on very fortuitous opportunities that came up for me.”

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