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LAS VEGAS — Jahshire Hardnett’s time at BYU is over.
This time, for real.
Just two days after the Cougars’ likely season-ending loss to San Diego, Hardnett thanked his coaches and teammates before tweeting that his time as a Cougar is done. He will graduate from the university in April seek a transfer for his final season of eligibility.
“The last two years have been amazing for my basketball career and me,” Hardnett wrote on Twitter. “I’ve met some amazing people and gained another group of brothers/friends. I want to thank BYU men’s basketball for the opportunity to compete on one of the highest stages of college basketball.
“With that being said, I announce that I have decided to cut ties with the basketball program this semester, graduate this spring, and become a grad transfer. I am now on the transfer portal and available to have contact with coaches from other universities.”
Hardnett will be the first in his family to receive a four-year college degree, he said in an interview with TheW.tv earlier this year.
Hardnett, who hails from Gulfport, Mississippi, came to BYU in 2017 as a sophomore. The 6-foot point guard started his college career at Fordham before abruptly transferring to Chipola College in Marianna, Florida. He averaged 13.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals while earning all-Panhandle Conference first-team and freshman of the year honors prior to enrolling at BYU.
In his first season at BYU, Hardnett played in 35 games, including 32-straight starts to end the season. He had a season-high 17 points, eight rebounds and two steals in the Cougars’ home win over San Diego, and earned the team’s outstanding defensive player award at the end-of-season banquet.
Hardnett averaged 9.7 points and 2.0 rebounds as a junior, starting immediately at point guard while Nick Emery returned from a nine-game suspension stemming from an NCAA investigation to start the season. He had a career-high 24 points in the Cougars’ loss to Weber State on Dec. 1, 2018, but saw his minutes began to decline around the start of conference play.
After pouring in 17 points and three steals to lead BYU to a 90-87 win at Pacific in the conference opener, Hardnett played just five minutes in back-to-back road losses to Saint Mary’s and San Francisco.
Several reports from BYU blogs indicated that Hardnett was trying to transfer at the time. But he returned to practice while struggling with a hand injury, and remained with the team for the remainder of the season.
It was later revealed that Hardnett injured his hand during the weekend road trip to Pacific and Saint Mary’s, and he played double-digit minutes in just three of the final nine games — including ending the season with four-straight DNPs.