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STANFORD, Calif.- Senior forward Andy Brown will miss the 2013-14 campaign due to an ACL tear in his right knee, announced today by Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men’s Basketball Johnny Dawkins.
A native of Yorba Linda, Calif., Brown sustained the injury on Tuesday morning in a team workout. It’s the fourth ACL tear of Brown’s career, three of which he has suffered since arriving on The Farm back in the fall of 2009. Brown’s most recent ACL tear is to his right knee, while the first three injuries were to his left.
“Everyone associated with our program is saddened by Andy’s latest injury,” said Dawkins. “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. 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. 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.”
The latest injury is especially unfortunate 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 career, averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting a team-best 48.5 percent from the field. 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 (2009-10) 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 finally made his highly-anticipated Stanford debut during the 2011-12 campaign, helping guide the Cardinal to its Postseason NIT championship. Participating in nine games, Brown totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds on the year while making 4-7 shots from the field. He took the court for the first time on Nov. 23, playing the final nine seconds of Stanford’s 82-67 win over Oklahoma State in the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. In an 84-64 home rout of Colorado on Jan. 14, Brown grabbed his first career rebound and broke into the scoring column by making the first of two free throw attempts.
Brown has excelled academically during his Stanford career, sporting a cumulative 3.35 GPA. Brown was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court for 2012-13, in addition to being recognized as a Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team honoree. He is completing coursework toward a Master’s in Communication after receiving his undergraduate degree in Communication last month.
Appearing in 42 career games on The Farm while making 20 starts, Brown 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.
Brown guided Mater Dei High School to state championships during his sophomore and junior seasons. An all-state selection as a junior and two-time all-league honoree, Brown was tabbed an All-CIF Southern Section first team selection as a junior while also earning All-Orange County first team accolades.
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