Less than a week into practices, Boise State men’s basketball suffered its first loss.
Freshman guard Malek Harwell, a graduate of Century High in Pocatello, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee earlier this week and will redshirt this season. Though coaches have yet to determine which of their newcomers would have redshirted, healthy or not, Harwell had shown promise in the first few practices.
Harwell (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) was one of the state of Idaho’s top recruits in recent years, averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior.
“The most exciting thing about Malek is his tremendous upside,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said in November when Harwell signed. “That, coupled with his work ethic and drive to be a great player, has this staff confident about his future at Boise State.”
Boise State is expected to play fellow true freshman Paris Austin at point guard this season, while Boston College transfer Lonnie Jackson and redshirt freshman Zach Haney will be other new faces to play for the Broncos. Forward Robin Jorch, a freshman from Germany, still is an unknown as the school is trying to sort out his eligbility for 2015-16.