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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
BU hoops: O'Brien to redshirt with injury

By Jack McCluskey

Boston University senior Jake O’Brien will redshirt the 2011-12 season after undergoing a second surgery on his injured left foot on Monday.

O’Brien, the 2009 America East Rookie of the Year, broke the navicular bone in his left foot in the second half against UMass on Dec. 31, 2010, and missed the rest of the season. At the time of the injury, the 6-foot-8 forward was leading the Terriers in rebounding (5.8 per game) and was third on the team in scoring (11.6 points per game).

“We’re extremely disappointed for Jake,” first-year head coach Joe Jones said in a prepared statement. “We wish him the best and a full, speedy recovery. We look forward to having him rejoin us next season.”

O’Brien, who originally underwent surgery on the injury in February, hopes to return to practice later this season.

Without the Weymouth, Mass., native and Boston College High School product, BU will rely on All-AE first-team member Darryl Partin and AE All-Rookie team members D.J. Irving and Dom Morris.

The Terriers, who won their first America East title in 2010-11 and lost to Kansas in the NCAA tournament, begin the season Nov. 11 against crosstown rival Northeastern. They also have scheduled meetings with Harvard and Boston College this season. The game with the Eagles, at Conte Forum on Dec. 3, will be the first meeting between the teams since 2004 and the first time Jones returns to BC, where he was associate head coach under Steve Donahue in 2010-11.