BYU has already been playing without starting senior forward Nate Austin since a Dec. 10 injury before a game against Utah. The 6-foot-11 Austin tore his hamstring during pregame warm-ups of that contest and hasn’t returned to the lineup since.
Now, BYU head coach Dave Rose said in a radio interview with KSL Radio that Austin might be held out for the 2014-15 season. The senior re-injured his hamstring in drills during practice last week and could sit out the rest of the season and apply for a medical hardship waiver for 2015-16.
Austin only played in nine games this season, starting in all of them. He was averaging 3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, but was a major defensive upgrade inside over his replacements, Luke Worthington and Corbin Kaufusi.
With Austin in the lineup, BYU was a NCAA Tournament hopeful with its talented and high-scoring backcourt. But without Austin in the lineup, the Cougars have looked more like a NIT team. BYU currently sit at 15-7 (5-4 WCC) and has lost two straight games.