The Aggies Will Proceed Without Their Projected Starting Center
Janicek, a 6-11 center, will have two seasons of NCAA eligibility remaining
Janicek finished fifth in scoring for the Aggies last season
Utah State center Norbert Janicek will have season-ending knee surgery, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Janicek, who started 28 games for the Aggies last season, averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as a sophomore. With star forward Jalen Moore graduating in the offseason, Janicek was projected to take a big step forwards this upcoming season.
Janicek is a native of Slovakia and participated for Slovakia’s U-18 national team prior to attending Utah State. His first collegiate season was spent at Snow College in Utah.
Utah State has one incoming freshman forward and three redshirt freshmen. Daron Henson (3*) and Klay Stall (3*) were both redshirted last season, and though they are not as sizable as Janicek, they will likely play a larger role due to his injury.
Janicek will presumably have two seasons of NCAA eligibility remaining after the completion of the 2017-18 season.