It has been a long and difficult path for BYU forward Chris Collinsworth.
After beginning his career for the Cougars back in 2007, Collinsworth averaged 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game as a freshman before making the decision to take his two-year Mormon mission.
Collinsworth returned to the court in 2010-11, averaging 5.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore, but injuries and surgeries have hobbled him ever since.
“It’s been really hard physically and mentally, and it’s time to move on,” Collinsworth told CBS Sports. “When the door on one opportunity closes, others open and I’m ready to move on and explore those other options.”
After appearing in only two games last season, BYU and head coach Dave Rose lost the forward for the remainder of the season. Now, news has emerged that Collinsworth needs a third surgery in 18 months, this time due to microfracture ankle surgery. Unfortunately, the latest procedure will sideline Collinsworth for good.
The 6-foot-9 native of Provo, Utah, was having problems with the ankle during workouts this summer. An MRI revealed that surgery was necessary and that a recovery process would drag forward into next spring.
Collinsworth had all the potential to emerge as a key component to BYU’s success in the West Coast Conference this season, so the news is a tough blow for the Cougars. Brandon Davies is back and so too are guards Matt Carlino and Brock Zylstra, so BYU should still have the talent to compete amongst the league’s best, despite the recent loss.
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