On Thursday, Nebraska head coach Tim Miles officially announced that redshirt freshman BJ Day would be stepping aside from the basketball court due to a series of injuries. Though he never played an official minute on the court for the Cornhuskers, it is disappointing to see Day's career end so early.
Day joined the program heading into the 2014-15 season as a walk-on and though he was not projected to get significant playing time, many felt that he could still provide a boost for the roster long-term. He would likely be playing on the wing with other Huskers like Jack McVeigh and Shavon Shields.
In a press release for Nebraska, both Day and Miles talked about Day's decision to leave the team:
"It has been frustrating knowing that my knees were not getting any better, and I was not able to get back on the court," Day said. "I thought it would be in my best interest to not play basketball anymore and get my knees healthy. I also wanted to thank the fans for their support and encouragement during my rehab and know that while I will not be playing basketball, I'll still always be a Husker at heart."
"I knew that this was weighing on B.J. when he came to see me last week," Miles said. "I told him that the coaches and staff would support him no matter what decision he made, and he is still a part of our Husker basketball family."
Fans will certainly wish Day the best going forward. It's also worthwhile to note that Day has been a great student with Nebraska as he not only made the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, but also made the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team last spring. It's certainly disappointing to see his career end this way, but Day appears to be the kind of person that will have success both on and off the court.