There isn't much season left for Northwestern, but one player is out for the remainder of the campaign, the team announced Wednesday.
Joey van Zegeren, the Dutch big man who transferred in ahead of this season after four years at Virginia Tech, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in practice Monday.
A graduate transfer, van Zegeren played in 25 games this year for the Cats, averaging 3.6 points per game and three rebounds per game. He blocked 20 shots and shot 61.8 percent from the field in those 25 contests.
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It's the second time van Zegeren has dealt with a significant injury this season. He missed four consecutive games toward the end of non-conference play.
van Zegeren saw his playing time rise while senior seven-footer Alex Olah missed time with an injury of his own. van Zegeren logged more than 20 minutes in three out of four games between Jan. 9 and Jan. 19. Once Olah returned in full, though, van Zegeren's minutes took a plunge, and he averaged just 4.6 minutes a game over the past nine games.
The Cats only have two regular-season games remaining: against Penn State on Thursday and against Nebraska on Sunday. The Big Ten Tournament begins next Wednesday.
Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.
Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football.
"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.
"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.
"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline."
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."
"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.
"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."
Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.
Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.
As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.
Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.
The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.