|Cobb put up 7.1 points per game last year and would've factored in more on this year's club. (US Presswire)|
Northwestern has lost junior guard JerShon Cobb for the season due to violations of team policy.
This is a significant hit for the Wildcats, who lost all-everything forward John Shurna off last season's 19-14 club.
The 6-foot-5 Cobb started eight games last season and averaged 7.1 points per game.
"There are standards that each student-athlete is expected to uphold," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said in a statement. "JerShon has our complete support as he works to fulfill those expectations and we look forward to having him rejoin the program in a full capacity in the future."
Cobb will remain enrolled at Northwestern and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Northwestern lost Shurna, but returned the majority of the team -- including full-time starters Drew Crawford (16.1 ppg), Dave Sobolewski (8.3 ppg) and Reggie Hearn (7.4 ppg). Carmody also added Louisville one-year transfer Jared Swopshire, who should start along the frontline if healthy.
The Wildcats have gone to four consecutive NIT appearances and are still searching for the elusive NCAA tournament bid -- which would be the first in program history.