Reviewing a busy offseason

    Apr. 11:  The Chicago Sky land Amy Jaeschke with the 27th pick in the 2011 WNBA draft.  Jaeschke is the first Wildcat to be drafted to the WNBA. 

    Apr. 19: Then-junior John Shurna, the ‘Cats leading scorer in 2010-2011, declares for the NBA draft. 

    May 8: John Shurna withdraws from the NBA draft just before the NCAA deadline. Northwestern fans let out a collective sigh of relief.

    May 27:Amy Jaeschke is cut by the Chicago Sky.

    June 8: Shurna is invited to the USA Basketball World University Games Team Training Camp. The camp assembles a roster of the country’s best collegiate players (notable attendees include Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine, Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe) for a chance to play at the 2011 World University Games in China. 

    July 26: Senior Alex Marcotulio’s impressive play with Great Britain’s Under-20 team wins him an invitation to train with the National Team. 

    Aug. 2: John Shurna is cut from the USA World University Games roster.

    Aug. 9: Kale Abrahamson, ESPN’s 40th-ranked small forward in the nation for the class of 2012, commits to playing for Northwestern. Abrahamson, of Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, had considered Boston College, Creighton and Stanford.

    Aug. 13: Incoming freshman guard Tre Demps announces that he has suffered a ligament tear in his non-shooting (left) shoulder during a pickup basketball game. Demps resolves to forgo surgery until after the season in an attempt to alleviate the damage of Michael “Juice” Thompson’s departure.

    Aug. 16: Northwestern reveals a new court design for Welsh-Ryan Arena following an online voting campaign; the nearly-all-purple court, which had garnered national media attention, is not selected.

    Aug. 24: Northwestern announces its 2011-12 men’s non-conference schedule; highlights include home dates against Baylor and Georgia Tech and a road trip to Creighton, as well as the Charleston Classic tournament in South Carolina.

    Aug. 29: The Sporting News names John Shurna a preseason second-team All-American.

    Aug. 31: Juice Thompson signs a professional contract with the Fraport Skyliners, a German team based out of Frankfurt.

    Sept. 2: Amy Jaeschke announces her decision to with Chevakata of the Russian Women’s Profession Basketball League. 

    Sept. 8: Mike Capocci (WCAS ’11) signs a deal to play overseas with the Durham Wildcats of the British Basketball League. Capocci played in 98 games over his Northwestern career and averaged over 10 minutes per game his senior season.

    Oct. 3: For the second straight year, John Shurna is selected to the watch-list for the 2011-2012 John R. Wooden Award. 

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