The Northwestern Wildcats released some disappointing news on Tuesday morning concerning senior forward Jared Swopshire.
Swopshire has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee and has been deemed out for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Effectively, it will also end his collegiate career.
The one-time Louisville transfer enrolled at Northwestern prior to this season as a graduate student, a move that helped him become eligible immediately for the Wildcats. In his first season under head coach Bill Carmody, Swopshire had been averaging 9.7 points per game, a statistic that was good enough for fourth on the team. In addition, the 6-foot-8 forward had also been averaging 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest.
The news is yet another tough blow for Northwestern as the door continues to close on another season that may once again come up short of the NCAA Tournament. As most college basketball fans are aware, the Wildcats are the only power-six conference member to have never qualified for the Big Dance in their program’s history.
In his first season, Swopshire had started all 24 games for a Wildcats squad that currently sits at 13-11 overall. Northwestern is 4-7 within the Big Ten Conference on the year in addition to their overall record.
Ironically enough, it did not take Swopshire long to make an impact at Northwestern. He collected a career-high 22 points in a Nov. 15 win against Mississippi Valley State. That game marked just his second as a Wildcat.
Northwestern will move forward without Swopshire as they prepare for a trip to Ohio State on Thursday.
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