Swopshire undergoes season-ending knee surgery

There’s more bad health news to report from Evanston, Ill., as graduate student and former Louisville player Jared Swopshire underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season. Swopshire, who was just featured on the latest edition of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” injured the knee in the second half of Saturday’s loss at Iowa.

[NUSports.com: Swopshire to miss remainder of 2012-13 season ]

Swopshire is the second Wildcat starter to suffer a season-ending injury this year, joining senior star Drew Crawford, whose injured shoulder put him out of commission in early December. Together, the season-ending injuries leave the Wildcats without their expected leading scorer (Crawford – 12.8 ppg in career) and their top rebounder (Swopshire – 6.7 rpg).

Without Swopshire, even more of the scoring load falls on Reggie Hearn, a former walk-on, and point guard Dave Soboloweski‘s shoulders. After those two, the Wildcats don’t have many other proven options, although Tre Demps figures to see a spike in production.

It’s on the glass, though, where Northwestern will miss Swopshire the most. Already a weak rebounding team (281st off; 235th def), Northwestern’s new leading rebounder is Hearn, at 4.5 per game.

In 24 games, all starts, Swopshire averaged 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Here’s a segment from the latest “Journey” that spotlights Swopshire:

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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