Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/14/12

You may have been wondering why Northwestern forward Drew Crawford may have been struggling so much during his senior season. His game has been off enough that we’ve seen his NBA Draft stock drop significantly. Now we know why. From the NU SID: Crawford (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Crawford has been diagnosed with having a torn labrum. He is eligible to seek a medical hardship waiver. “Drew’s situation is similar to Tre Demps’ a year ago,” Carmody said. “Drew aggravated a previous injury in early September and attempted to play through it, but it just hasn’t responded as we all would have liked. “While it obviously hurts to lose a player of Drew’s caliber, it provides an opportunity for his teammates to step up and contribute.” Crawford has started all 10 of the team’s games to date and ranks second on the squad with an average of 13.5 points per game. A third-team All-Big Ten selection a year ago, he ranks 10th in school history with 1,418 career points.   Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.

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