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Knee surgery ends NU forward Jared Swopshire’s college career

Illinois guard BrandPaul right tries move past Northwestern forward Jared Swopshire (12) during first half an NCAA college basketball game

Illinois guard Brandon Paul, right, tries to move past Northwestern forward Jared Swopshire (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann)

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Updated: March 14, 2013 6:37AM

The Northwestern basketball team received more bad news when it was announced Tuesday that
senior forward Jared Swopshire had surgery on his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Swopshire, who was hurt while attempting a layup in the second half of the Wildcats’ loss Saturday at Iowa, became the second NU player to be lost to season-ending surgery. Senior swingman Drew Crawford had surgery on his right shoulder earlier this season.

Unlike Crawford, who will apply for a fifth season of eligibility, Swopshire will see a career that featured a trip to the Final Four with Louisville last season come to a close. He will continue to pursue his graduate degree in sports administration.

‘‘We all feel badly for Jared that he won’t be able to play out the remainder of his final collegiate season,’’ coach Bill Carmody said. ‘‘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 had started all 24 of the Wildcats’ games this season and was averaging 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. His rebounding average was the best by an NU player since Evan Eschmeyer’s 10.1 in 1998-99.

Freshmen Sanjay Lumpkin and Chier Ajou also have been ruled out for the season because of injuries, and the Wildcats are expected to be without center Alex Olah (concussion) on Thursday at Ohio State.

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