Andy Brown may yet get a chance to play college basketball, but it won't be this year. The redshirt freshman sustained yet another ACL tear in his left knee, an injury that will force him to miss his second consecutive season it was announced Thursday.
The 6-foot-8 forward suffered the injury during a workout last week. It's the third time he's hurt the same knee, suffering the same setback on Stanford's first day of practice in 2009 and in January of 2009 while with Mater Dei High.
"We are all very disappointed to see this happen to Andy," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "This is an unfortunate loss for our program, as Andy had worked very hard throughout the rehab process following his first injury. We were pleased with his progress and looked forward to him being a key contributor to this year's squad. I wish him all the best in his recovery."
Brown was the first player Dawkins signed to a national letter-of-intent, with the announcement coming in November of 2008.
"Andy brings a nice blend of versatility to our program and we expect him to be a great player in our system," Dawkins said at the time. "He is a highly-skilled competitor who comes to us from one of the best high school programs in the country."
Brown helped Mater Dei High School to state championships during his sophomore and junior seasons. An all-state selection as a junior, Brown was an All-Orange County first team selection, a two-time all-league honoree, and an All-CIF first team pick.
"I was just dribbling and went baseline and got cut off and stopped," Brown told the Associated Press of his latest setback. "When I pushed back, it kind of popped out again."
Brown, expected to contribute on the wing this season, scheduled surgery for Sept. 16.
He suffered the original injury during a high school game in late January of 2009. The Orange County Register's version, as reported by Steve Fryer, read:
"Brown, a 6-foot-8 senior who signed with Stanford, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Wednesday. As he landed after a breakaway dunk during the Monarchs' 102-57 home victory over Servite, Brown collapsed and grabbed his left knee. He needed assistance getting up, then went to the locker room and did not return to the gym . . . Brown is a hard-working player and is young and in great condition, so he will recover and be as good as ever. He's right-handed, so his left leg is his push-off leg. That's important to his rehabilitation."
Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight told the Los Angeles Times, "He's a great kid and it's a dark day for Mater Dei."
Brown choose Stanford over Arizona.