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BYU basketball: Sophomore forward Chris Collinsworth needs ankle surgery, will retire

Published September 17, 2012 4:46 pm

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Chris Collinsworth's short and injury-riddled basketball career at BYU is over. The school announced today that the sophomore forward will have career-ending microfracture ankle surgery and has decided to call it quits. "I can't imagine the disappointment that Chris and his family must be feeling at this moment," BYU coach Dave Rose said in a school news release. "I wish him the very best with this latest setback and hope his ankle can be repaired and heal with a full recovery. Chris is a wonderful competitor and a great teammate and we will miss him very much. I will always respect and admire his desire, dedication and passion to return to the court to help his teammates. I wish Chris, Tatum and their families the very best in this difficult time." Collinsworth and his wife, Tatum, were married last spring. According to the BYU release, Collinsworth played 35 games as a freshman, before a church mission in Australia, averaging 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 points per game. "This will be my third-straight year having surgery and all have been pretty serious," Collinsworth said. "It's been really hard physically and mentally and it's time to move on. When the door on one opportunity closes, others open and I'm ready to move on and explore those other options." The past two seasons since returning home, Collinsworth has played in only 11 games. He played nine games in 2010-11 before microfracture surgery in 2011 on his right knee. He played the first two games in 2011-12 before swelling in that same knee caused him to miss the rest of the season. During summer workouts, Collinsworth began experiencing pain in his left ankle. A recent MRI revealed the need for microfracture surgery, which Collinsworth will undergo later this week. Recovery is expected to take eight months. Collinsworth's brother, Kyle, is on a church mission in Russia and returns next spring.