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Utah State basketball: Brady Jardine's basketball career over due to foot injury

Deseret News

Published: Monday, Feb. 6 2012 9:26 p.m. MST

LOGAN — It's been a difficult season for the Utah State University men's basketball team.

On Monday, it got worse.

USU head coach Stew Morrill announced Monday that Brady Jardine will have career-ending foot surgery from an injury that was sustained on Nov. 19, 2011, in Utah State's third game of the season against Southern Utah.

Jardine, a senior forward from Twin Falls, Idaho, sustained a Lisfranc sprain, a tearing of the ligaments that support the mid-foot.

"Brady Jardine is a winner in all aspects of his life and it's a shame that he will not get to have a senior season," said Morrill. "He was a big part of three Western Athletic Conference championships and got to play with fabulous teammates. Those memories will help him get through this very tough situation.

"Our program will always be indebted to Brady and I feel honored to have coached such a quality player and person."

Jardine started three games during his senior season, as he had 12 points and eight rebounds against BYU and nine points and a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State before injuring his foot in the fourth minute of the game against Southern Utah.

During his Utah State career, Jardine played in 94 games and averaged 5.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from the free-throw line. As a junior, Jardine averaged 7.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game.

While at Utah State, Jardine helped the Aggies to an 87-17 (.837) overall record and a 43-5 (.896) conference mark, including three regular-season WAC titles and two WAC tournament championships.

Jardine, who ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks, had 18 career games in double figures, including a career-high 20 points in a home win against Utah during his junior season, when he was named the WAC's Player of the Week. He also had three career double-doubles and eight double-figure rebounding games during his career.

Jardine, who was named to the WAC's preseason all-second team entering his senior year, earned academic all-WAC honors in each of his first three years at USU along with being named academic all-district as a junior.

Jardine will graduate from Utah State University this spring with a dual degree in finance and economics.

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