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PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball coach Dave Rose announced today that senior forward Stephen Rogers will not be able to continue his basketball career due to recurring knee problems.
“I feel terrible for Stephen and his family,” Rose said. “He worked hard all offseason with hopes of returning to practice and helping our team this season. Stephen has had a major impact on the success of our teams the last couple years and he will be missed."
“I’ve enjoyed my experience at BYU and I’m extremely grateful for all the support from family, friends and the fans,” Rogers said. “I look forward to supporting the team this season and doing what I can from the sidelines.”
Rogers transferred to BYU prior to the 2010-11 season from Mesa Community College. In his one season at Mesa he averaged 21.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, hit 85 3-pointers and earned junior college All-America honors. In 2010-11 he helped BYU win a program record 32 games and earn a trip to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament while averaged 4.1 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Last season Rogers got off to a strong start, averaging 9.9 points and hitting 15 threes in the first 10 games before tearing the meniscus in his right knee. After surgery in Dec. 2011, he was limited to just eight games due to recurring knee soreness.
Rogers had another operation in April and began rehabbing his knee to prepare for the 2012-13 season. The knee has not responded to treatment and has continued to swell and give Rogers pain, preventing him from returning to full activity with the team.