Northwestern sophomore Aaron Falzon will miss the rest of the 2016-17 season after undergoing knee surgery, the school announced Sunday.
Falzon played 20 total minutes in Northwestern’s first three games while battling knee issues and had not seen the floor since. The program will apply for a medical hardship waiver so he can redshirt and retain three years of eligibility.
“We all feel badly for Aaron,” coach Chris Collins said. “We were looking forward to him being a big part of our team this season. He already is on the road to recovery and we look forward to getting him back on the court and being a central piece of our program for the next three years.”
Falzon started 29 games as a freshman and averaged 8.4 points. The 6’8″ forward stretched the floor for the Wildcats with 35.4% 3-point shooting.
The Wildcats have been lethal from beyond the arc this season even without Falzon. They are shooting 40.7% from deep with Vic Law and Scottie Lindsey combining for 50% in high volumes. Junior guard Bryant McIntosh is shooting only 24.1% after draining treys at a 36.5% clip during his first two seasons, so the Wildcats’ 3-point accuracy could get even better even if he finds his stroke again.
While having a healthy Falzon this season would give Northwestern an additional weapon, the Wildcats have the pieces to make up for this loss, as they have done to this point in the season.
“We just don’t want to throw him out there if he’s not ready to help us,” Collins had said earlier this month prior to Falzon’s surgery. “We just want to be conservative with him and make sure we’re taking the long term approach for his career.”
Northwestern (6-2) hosts New Orleans on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT.