BYU basketball loses two contributing team members

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The basketball team announced Friday that center Ian Harward will not continue his basketball career at BYU due to injury, which comes in the wake of guard Raul Delgado’s decision to transfer schools.

Harward suffered a back injury in the summer of 2012 and felt effects of that injury for the entirety of last season. The effects of this injury will keep him from continuing his basketball career, but he will continue his studies at BYU.

Ian Harward shoots over the head of an opponent during a game this season. (Photo by Sarah Hill)
Ian Harward shoots over the head of an opponent during a game this season. (Photo by Sarah Hill)

“We are sorry to lose Ian to injury,” coach Dave Rose said in a news release. “He is a fantastic teammate and one of the hardest workers we have had in our program. He will be missed in the locker room and on the floor. We wish him and his wife Sarah the very best.”

Harward is a product of Orem High School and joined the BYU team after he served a mission to San Antonio, Texas. After red-shirting the 2011–12 season, Harward saw limited minutes in the 2012–13 season. Harward averaged one point per game on 33 percent shooting in 3.9 minutes per game. He recorded a season high of seven points against Notre Dame and a season high of five rebounds against Virginia Tech.

“I’m disappointed that my basketball career is ending,” Harward said in a news release. “I’ve loved being a part of this program and playing with my teammates. They’re a great group of guys, and I’ll miss being a part of that. My wife and I are excited to complete our education here at BYU and to move on to the next stage in life.”

The team confirmed Friday, April 26, that Raul Delgado would be transferring schools for his senior season. He will be transferring to Metro State, a Division II team near Denver, Colo. This announcement comes about a year after Delgado announced his decision to transfer to BYU from Western Nebraska Community College.

Delgado started his junior season at BYU with an elbow injury that limited his practice time in his new team’s system. He was never quite the same after that.

Raul Delgado shoots from the 3-point arc against Findlay this season. (Photo by Sarah Hill)
Raul Delgado shoots from the three-point arc against Findlay this season. (Photo by Sarah Hill)

At Western Nebraska, Delgado averaged 19.7 points and shot 43 percent from three-point range as a sophomore. Delgado saw a significant drop in his numbers during the 2012–13 season at BYU, where he averaged only 6.6 minutes per game. Delgado shot just 36 percent from the three-point line last season and recorded just 1.8 points per game.

Since Delgado is moving from a Division I school to a Division II school he will be allowed to play two more years. He also will be allowed to play immediately rather than have to sit out a year, which he would have to do if he was transferring to another Division I school.

With the loss of these two players, Rose now has three open scholarships to work with for the 2013–14 season.

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