Men’s Basketball: Aaron Falzon to transfer from Northwestern

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Men’s Basketball: Aaron Falzon to transfer from Northwestern

Aaron Falzon shots the ball. The redshirt junior will transfer and have one more year of eligibility.

Aaron Falzon shots the ball. The redshirt junior will transfer and have one more year of eligibility.

Katie Pach/Daily Senior Staffer

Aaron Falzon shots the ball. The redshirt junior will transfer and have one more year of eligibility.

Katie Pach/Daily Senior Staffer

Katie Pach/Daily Senior Staffer

Aaron Falzon shots the ball. The redshirt junior will transfer and have one more year of eligibility.

Andrew Golden and Peter Warren

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Junior forward Aaron Falzon will transfer from Northwestern, a Northwestern athletic department source confirmed to The Daily on Friday.

The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

“I’d like to thank Coach Collins, the staff, the administration, and my teammates for all their support during my time here,” Falzon said in an Instagram post. “The opportunities and experiences I have had here were world-class and helped me grow as a person and as a student-athlete. Following graduation, I intend to transfer to another university to pursue my master’s degree and play out my final year of eligibility.”

Falzon will now look for a new home for his final season of eligibility. Because Falzon is graduating in June, he will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer. The Newton, Massachusetts native finished his Wildcat career with 80 games played, 43 games started and career 35 percent three-point percentage.

“Aaron has been a great representative of our program — in the classroom, in the community, and on the court, coach Chris Collins said in a statement. “His career was filled with adversity, and his perseverance was an inspiration to his teammates and our coaching staff. We wish him nothing but the best with his future endeavors.”

Falzon, a four-star recruit out of Northfield Mount Hermon High School, was rated the 75th best player in the Class of 2015, according to ESPN. As a freshman, Falzon played in 32 games and started in 29 of them. He had the best season of his NU career, averaging 8.4 points per game.

However, after his freshman year, Falzon constantly battled through injuries. During the Cats’ NCAA Tournament run, Falzon redshirted as he played in just three games and missed most of the season due to knee surgery. As a redshirt sophomore, Falzon once again was hampered by injuries but managed to play in 28 games.

This season, Falzon had his worst scoring average of his NU career, scoring just 3.9 points per game. But his finest performance this season came at home against Indiana. He poured in 21 points against Indiana, including six three pointers.

Aside from the Indiana game and his 11-point performance versus Illinois on Wednesday, he failed to score in double figures of any game this season. Falzon finished his career averaging 6.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

When asked after Wednesday’s loss to Illinois about if he had made up his mind on the future, Falzon said he did not know.

“No, not yet,” Falzon said. “I’m going to talk to my coaches and family and figure out what is next.”

Falzon will become the third player to transfer from the program in the last year. Isiah Brown and Rapolas Ivanauskas transferred after last season to Grand Canyon and Colgate. Brown sat out the 2018-19 season. Ivanauskas was cleared to play immediately and led the Colgate Raiders to the Patriot League Championship while being named conference Player of the Year.

Goodman said Falzon entered Northwestern with a lot of promise, but injuries “crushed” him. He said he thinks he will go to a place where he can be more of an offensive focal point.

“I think he’ll drop down a level, maybe go closer to home,” Goodman told The Daily. “He’s gotta go somewhere now where he can have a chance to play.”

Charlie Goldsmith and Ella Brockway contributed reporting.

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