Senior forward Andy Brown will miss yet another basketball season due to an ACL tear; this time in his right knee. Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins made the announcement on Wednesday.
Brown sustained the injury during a team workout on Tuesday. Brown suffered his fourth ACL tear, and the third since arriving at Stanford in the fall of 2009. The first three injuries were to his left knee.
"Everyone associated with our program is saddened by Andy's latest injury," Dawkins said. "Nobody has worked harder to get back into playing shape, having already experienced three tears and waiting two full years before putting on a uniform. What makes this even more disappointing is Andy had already passed the initial test of getting back on the court."
The latest injury represents yet another setback for Brown, who has grown accustomed to working hard throughout the rehab process and successfully bouncing back. Brown was coming off the first full season of his college career, averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting a team-best 48.5 percent from the field.
"He was a highly productive player for our team last year and we were fully counting on him to be a key contributor again this season," Dawkins said. "More importantly, his presence and leadership will be extremely difficult to replace. Andy is a fighter, he will bounce back and has the full support of the Stanford basketball family."
He scored in double figures five times, totaling a career-high 17 points on three occasions while playing at least 25 minutes in 16 games. In addition to proving his durability by competing in 33 games and making 20 starts, Brown was even more valuable as an inspirational team leader for a young squad.
"I just want to thank all of my teammates and coaches during the past four years who have always been there to support and encourage me," said Brown. "I never would have been able to battle back through these injuries without their help. Even though this is a difficult way to end my career, I feel grateful to have been able to wear a Stanford uniform and contribute to such a great program and university. I will do everything I can to help the team from the sideline this year and am looking forward to all that we will accomplish."
Brown sat out his freshman year as a medical redshirt after tearing the ACL in his left knee on the Cardinal's first day of practice. That setback was the second in a 10-month span for Brown, who was already recovering from an ACL tear in the same knee back in January of 2009, cutting short his senior season at Mater Dei High School.
The next year, Brown again tore his left ACL in an August team workout, forcing him to miss 2010-11.
Brown got on the court during the 2011-12 season and helped Stanford win the postseason NIT championship. In nine games, Brown totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Brown has appeared in 42 career games with the Cardinal, including 20 starts. He averaged 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 48.8 percent (86-176) from the field, 35.0 percent (14-40) from three-point territory and 51.7 percent (30-58) from the foul line.