STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford forward Andy Brown's basketball playing career is over after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee for the fourth time since 2009.
Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said in a statement Wednesday that Brown tore the ACL in his right knee during a team workout Tuesday morning. Brown's previous ACL tears were in 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.
``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.''
Brown was coming off the first full season of his career, averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. He shot a team-best 48.5 percent from the floor.
Brown sat out his freshman year as a medical redshirt after tearing the ACL in his left knee on the first day of practice. He also tore the same ACL in January of 2009 at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana.
In August 2010, Brown tore his left ACL again during a team workout and missed the entire season. He finally made his Stanford debut during the 2011-12 season, playing limited minutes during the Cardinal's run to the NIT tournament title.
Brown received his undergraduate degree in communication last month. He is now working toward a master's degree in communication and will remain a part of the team next season, which would have been his last.
``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,'' Brown said. ``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.''