By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff
Last season, Boston University men's basketball senior forward Jake O'Brien went down with a foot injury, one that forced him to undergo surgery and miss half of the Terriers' season, only to see his team go on a tear in the season's final months to win an America East Conference title.
This season, O'Brien won't even get that chance as it has been confirmed that the former America East Rookie of the Year will miss all of the 2011-12 season after finishing a second surgery on the injured foot this week.
Yesterday afternoon, O'Brien posted on his Facebook profile the following message:
"Just got out of surgery to get this foot right, would give anything to play right now, just didnt work out that way...but i WILL be back and 100% for another season"
That same day, Sam Perkins of the America East basketball blog One Bid Wonders was the first to report the news that O'Brien would indeed be out indefinitely.
The loss of the Weymouth, Ma. native comes as a big blow to a BU team under new head coach Joe Jones that expected a lot from several key returning players, particularly O'Brien. The 6'8" forward has averaged no less than 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in a season in his three seasons on Commonwealth Ave.
Team spokesman Scott Ellis couldn't be reached for comment on the situation.