In more news from the Twitter world, Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune tweeted out that Utah center David Foster will have surgery on his foot and as a result, his season and his college career are over.
The tweet went out as so.
More bad news for Utah basketball center David Foster. He re-injured his foot, will need more surgery. College career is over.
The 7-3 senior will try for a professional career after this season, Drew mentioned in a later tweet.
Foster missed last season with the same injury and was granted a fifth year as a result. I would guess that if he wanted it bad enough, Foster could get a sixth year, being as how willing the NCAA is to give them out — Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe is the highest profile sixth-year player in recent memory.
Problem is, with most sixth-year seniors, that’s a risk that a lot of them have to really be willing to take, whether it’s for personal or collegiate pride. Sixth years can be a blessing and a curse. Players risk further injury, a dip in production that could lead to a dip in any pro aspirations or, what I see as the most hurtful result, a loss of confidence that can affect all aspects of a player’s and a team’s approach.
As a junior in 2010-11, Foster, a Lake Forest, Calif. native, averaged 2.9 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Utes.
From a team standpoint, losing Foster is a kick in the teeth to a team that has almost no experience in the post for the 2012-13 season.
Utah returns their leading scorer in 6-10 senior Jason Washburn, who averaged 11.4 points per game last season. The experience ends there.
The Utes brought in a slew of transfers. First, another 7-footer in Southern Utah transfer Dallin Bachynski, a sophomore, and 6-9 junior Renan Lenz out of Arizona Western College. They also added 6-10 sophomore Harry Whitt, a transfer from Southern Illinois, and 6-7 redshirt sophomore Xan Ricketts from Simon Frazier (Utah) University (?). Two first-year players hit the roster in 6-10 redshirt freshman Jeremy Olsen and 6-6 true freshman Jordan Loveridge.
The Utes are going to have a tough time against teams with any depth in the post. Bodies can help, but bodies that are getting used to a new style of play and a new conference (or Division I in general) will have limited effectiveness. I can’t see last season’s 6-25 record getting too much better unless coach Larry Krystkowiak finds some additional eligibility for Keith Van Horn and Andre Miller.
This may be the biggest rebuilding job in Division I this season.