PROVO — Following an eventful, and sometimes turbulent, couple of weeks, BYU junior guard Jahshire Hardnett’s status with the program is uncertain, coach Dave Rose acknowledged Tuesday night.
Amid reports that Hardnett is planning to transfer, Rose said Hardnett is “going through a tough stretch," is considering his options and is in "the process" of deciding his future.
“Hopefully, when you make decisions that affect a long period of your life, that you can do it maybe in a time when it’s not so emotional. Right now, it’s a pretty emotional thing,” Rose said during the "Dave Rose Show" on BYUtv. “When you get in that grind sometimes, it’s really overwhelming. Hopefully, Jahshire can work through these things and we’ll see where we end up.”
BYU has lost four of its last five games, including last Saturday’s humbling 88-66 loss at Saint Mary’s.
In that contest, the 6-foot, 195-pound Hardnett played only five minutes. He missed his only shot from the floor and committed one turnover. During the game, Hardnett was visibly frustrated. He hasn’t been with the team this week.
Senior McKay Cannon has started the last two games at the guard spot in place of Hardnett.
After the Saint Mary's game, Rose said, “Jahshire is upset that he’s not playing more and that he’s not in the starting lineup. His effort kind of showed from that. He turned the ball over when he got right in the game; a simple handoff. Then I took him out because I was looking for another combination that would work. When you get into tough situations and things are hard and you don’t have the help of the energy of your home crowd, sometimes you can get a little sideways. Hopefully, we can get him right and get him going when we get back.”
Hardnett averages 10.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists and 25.4 minutes this season and he recorded a career-high 24 points in the Cougars’ loss at Weber State on Dec. 1.
Hardnett started every game this season until last Thursday’s opener against Pacific. In a reserve role, Hardnett scored 17 points — 14 in the second half — in 21 minutes of action. He knocked down 8 of 9 free throws, including four over the final 47 seconds, in a 90-87 victory.
“Jahshire gave us an unbelievable game off the bench,” Rose said after the game. "He gave us a huge spark and helped us get over the top.”
When asked about his new role as a reserve afterwards, Hardnett said, “I did something in the last game (at Mississippi State) that led me to the bench,” but he added that he was willing to accept coming off the bench for the good of the team.
In the second half at Mississippi State on Dec. 29, Hardnett was whistled for a technical foul when he exchanged words with Bulldog guard Lamar Peters. Rose said after that game he was “really disappointed” with Hardnett’s actions.
Hardnett, a Gulfport, Mississippi, native, originally signed at Fordham, located in The Bronx, New York, and redshirted. Hardnett transferred to Chipola College in Marianna, Florida, where he played for one season before arriving at BYU in 2017 from Chipola.
Former Cougar assistant Heath Schroyer, who is now the head coach at McNeese State, first started recruiting Hardnett to BYU.
During interviews with reporters, Hardnett has talked about adjusting to the unique environment at the school, but he has spoken positively about his experiences in Provo.49 comments on this story
As a sophomore last season, Hardnett played in 35 games and started 32. He was named the team’s Outstanding Defensive Player and averaged six points a game and had 71 assists and 25 steals.
Hardnett’s role changed somewhat earlier this season when guard Nick Emery returned from a nine-game suspension in early December. Emery scored a season-high 13 points, in 26 minutes, against Saint Mary’s.
BYU hosts Portland at the Marriott Center Thursday — the Cougars’ first home game in nearly a month.