Northwestern’s Kevin Coble to forgo his senior season

  • 07/27/2010 9:43 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12:  Kevin Coble #44 of the Northwestern Wildcats handles the ball against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)… And not for the NBA Draft.

According to a release on Tuesday evening from Northwestern, Kevin Coble, who missed last season after suffering a foot injury in preseason practice, has decided to skip his final season in Evanston.

Coble will earn his degree from Northwestern in December.

“I would like to thank Northwestern University and the administration for all that they have done for me,” Coble said. “In addition, the fans have my sincere gratitude for their support of Wildcat Basketball. I will miss seeing them at the games. Most importantly, I want to thank my teammates for the opportunity to play with them and I wish them nothing but the best in the upcoming season. There is not a better group of guys than those found on this team and I will miss being on the court with them.”

“With that said, the recovery of my foot is most important and extends far beyond my basketball career. I will continue to follow my surgeon’s rehabilitation schedule and have been told by my surgeon that I will have a full recovery. I will not be transferring to another school and with that, will be finishing the last of my classes at Northwestern this fall.”

Coble appeared in 81 career games, including 78 starts, and averaged 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. He’s 14th on the school’s all-time scoring list.

From an IU perspective, the loss of Coble weakens a Northwestern team that figured to have a good shot to finish above the Hoosiers in the Big Ten standings. They’ll still be a tough club with John Shurna, Michael Thompson and Drew Crawford all returning, but their chances of breaking into the NCAA Tournament undoubtedly took a hit with this loss.

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  • IUfanPurduePhD

    So, that's definitely good news for IU. Two possible losses should now be a split (home/away), with the possibility of a sweep going in our favor.

  • Kelin Blab

    When I first read this I thought..ok he is going over seas, maybe NBDL…then I realized the kid wants to finish his degree and get healthy. Good for him…however I expect him to change his mind. I am not playing sounds good in late July but if he is feeling well and school is going well, I will not surprise me if he suited up.

    As far as IU sure that kinda helps, but NW has a good system and coach, with good pieces…I hope they get to the tourney next year.

  • IUDan

    I did my MBA at Northwestern, so I follow the program a bit (though I wouldn't say I'm an avid fan). Coble was one of my favorite non-IU players, so this is a bit of a bummer – I'd love to see them finally make the NCAA tournament (right after the Hoosiers).

    I hope Kelin is right and he does suit up, but I do respect him looking out for his long-term health and focusing on his degree.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    KB:

    If you haven't seen this already, this lifted my spirits: http://kentsterling.com/2010/07/27/indiana-bask

  • Kelin Blab

    Wow thanks for that one….For people who have seen Guy either through cook hall, player quotes I have read, and from Crean I am becoming more optimistic about him. At 7'1 275 and strong, surely he can help and I hope the project label is put to rest. I also like the fact he pointed out the 'relationships' being built by these guys through cook hall, that cannot be overlooked.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Agreed, the part about Guy was my favorite. Just give us 20 minutes a game
    (6 boards, 4 points, 2.5 blocks, 4 fouls) would really help our team. Plus,
    even if he only nabs 6 boards per game, the fact that he's putting a BIG
    body on his man to block out would help the likes of Pritch, Elston,
    Watford, and Capo to pick up the boards that were previously going to the
    other team's center. And maybe his freakish 7'8″ wingspan could help keep
    balls alive on the offensive end, esp. with Hulls, Creek, and Roth putting
    up threes. 2 more offensive and defensive rebounds that we didn't get last
    year (in addition to 2 blocked shots) could mean as little as a 2-point
    swing in our favor, but would likely result in a 6- to 8-point net for us…
    that might be the difference in close games with Northwestern, Minnesota,
    Wisconsin, Illinois, etc.

  • Kelin Blab

    His presence on the defensive end along with Creeks, Oladipo, and Rivers will do wonders against a team like Purdue. You can slow down or neutralize Johnson, run Creek, Rivers, and Oladipo at Moore and IU is in business. You are right about those couple of blocks a game and keeping balls alive on the offensive end. These little things add up for this team.

  • Outoftheloop

    I like the optimism.

  • Outoftheloop

    Hey Kelin, why did you leave out Sheehey? You will like his game and his attitude. He is every bit as good a defender as Rivers, Oladipo and Creek. Remember, we need to give Maurice some time off the court so he can fully recover and be fresh in late Feb and March.

  • jcopey

    Those 'little' things add up to perhaps 6 point swings for the game. . . could've used some of that last year. Also, anyone have any other video on Guy (other than the one posted here?)

    IDEA: Let's set up a live mini-cam in Cook Hall court so we can see the team play – would be good for us junkies!!

  • Kelin Blab

    I left Sheehey because I am almost 40 and from time to time forget players names, my address, and home phone number. You are right Will is another athletic piece on the defensive end that will also buy time for Mo Creek to get fully healthy and knock off all the rust. I love his game and wish people, maybe not on this site, talk about him as just a 'for now guy' until the 2012 kids come. Will Sheehey is a player and we should be equally as excited about him as with Victor. I think right now will offensively may have a better game than Vic….I know he can shoot it.

  • Kelin Blab

    I left Sheehey because I am almost 40 and from time to time forget players names, my address, and home phone number. You are right Will is another athletic piece on the defensive end that will also buy time for Mo Creek to get fully healthy and knock off all the rust. I love his game and wish people, maybe not on this site, talk about him as just a 'for now guy' until the 2012 kids come. Will Sheehey is a player and we should be equally as excited about him as with Victor. I think right now will offensively may have a better game than Vic….I know he can shoot it.

  • Kelin Blab

    I remember those mini cam tatics being used when EJ was spotted at assembly hall before he told Weber/Whiner where he could go ……

  • Outoftheloop

    “Early Onset” for me was age 25. However, I was directed to an elderly Chinese sage who suggested Irish whiskey-only the really good stuff. I still forget things, but life is good!

  • Garyindiana_311

    any word on what potential Hoosiers will be making visits at midnight madness???
    i need to know what chants to start.

  • Tolly1

    just something positive please

  • IUMIKE1

    Nice article, thanks. Did you click on the link at the bottom of the page that was an earlier story on IU bball ? It sure sounds like this guy has changed his views on IU bball since he wrote the earlier article. The earlier article was not real flattering, but then again I feel like he will be but one among many that have changed their tune about where IU bball is headed as we get into the meat of the schedule this coming yearl.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I didn't see that earlier article. Thanks for the heads up!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    and here's this on BJY if you haven't already seen it:
    http://www.indystar.com/article/20100729/SPORTS

  • CutterInChicago

    This assessment is fine except that you need to say that “6 boards, 4 points, 2.5 blocks and if he fouls, make them good, hard and clean, 4 fouls”

  • Jamesrey28

    Did anyone see D-Wade's most recent twitter post defending his wearing of IU shorts? Nice to see.

  • eph521

    Thanks for the heads up… just read it.

    That's nice to see him supporting Coach Crean.

    I'd like to see E-Gordon wearing more IU gear too.

  • Bgavin

    Articles like this is why IU has fallen so much. I can't believe that I would see the day that IU would be posting an article talking about northwestern, and the chances that they now have to beat them. Its all good to talk about academics/good human beings, but this is basketball and IU needs to get back wanting to win and get real. Im not an IU fan but I have much respect for the program's history and the fans need to get back to pushing for greatness on the court.