Northwestern Wildcats senior forward Drew Crawford will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to an announcement from the school on Friday (via a report from Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com).
Wildcats head coach Bill Carmody said in a statement included in Powers' report that Crawford re-injured a prior ailment in September and, though he attempted to continue playing with the injury, the shoulder just wasn't getting any better.
Crawford will, however, be eligible for a medical hardship waiver, according to Powers, which could mean a potential fifth season at Northwestern for the senior from Naperville, Ill.
In 10 games for the Wildcats this season, Crawford was the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game while shooting 40.0 percent from the field and grabbing 4.6 rebounds per night. Northwestern is off to a 7-3 start to the season, and will next face Texas State at home on Monday, Dec. 17.