Northwestern’s Coble to forego senior season

Thought this was interesting. After sitting out last season with a foot injury, Kevin Coble has decided not to try to come back for Northwestern. Shakes the Big Ten up a hair. From Northwestern sports info.

EVANSTON, Ill. – Kevin Coble (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Christian Academy) has chosen to forgo his senior season as a member of the Northwestern men’s basketball team. He intends to complete his education at NU and is slated to earn his degree in political science in December 2010.

“We wish Kevin nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said. “We want to thank him for his contributions to the program over the past four years.”

Coble concludes his time at Northwestern ranked 14th in school history with 1,203 career points. He led the Wildcats in both scoring and rebounding in each of his three seasons, including becoming the first player in program history to do so his freshman season. A member of the 2006-07 Big Ten All-Freshman Team, he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore before being named to the All-Big Ten second team his junior year.

Coble sat out the 2009-10 season after suffering a season-ending foot injury in a preseason practice.

He appeared in 81 career games, including making 78 starts, and averaged 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest.

“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.”


  1. I don’t see much of a shakeup here. NW is Shurna’s team now. Coble is to Shurna what Drew Bledsoe was to Tom Brady.

  2. Is a shame. Purdue fan myself. But loved to watch him play. Heck, not a kid up there that doesn’t play hard. They all seem like classy young men.

  3. i wouldn’t compare him to bledsoe, a classic nickle brain. i wonder what his basketball plans are. too late to declare for the nba. perhaps he has an offer to play overseas. was he not on schedule to recover in time for the upcoming season? curious, that.

  4. I think his foot injury has to be serious…..and he is better than Shurna in my opinion….those 2 together would have been a great tandem.

  5. Addition by subtraction. From the chicago trib: “Team insiders have consistently described Coble’s personality as “different.” He rarely socialized with teammates or even sat with them for meals.”

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