TWIN FALLS, Id. ( KMVT / KSVT ) Casdon Jardine will be sporting the blue and orange next fall. The College of Southern Idaho freshman signing his letter of intent with Boise State University.
"I'm going to have to come in and earn everything that's given to me. They're planning on me having a big role, someone that will play a role for him," explained Jardine.
He excelled at Twin Falls High School, being named to the all–Idaho team and Great Basin Player of the Year, before going on a two–year mission to Brazil.
During his time in South America, Jardine could only play basketball about once a week.
He also did plenty of push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups in preparation to play basketball at CSI.
He came back 45 pounds heavier, an inch and a half taller and ready to improve his game. The 6'7" forward worked out daily with assistant coach Shelby Lindley.
The program knew that Jardine would only play one year for CSI and move to the next level. The top three schools happened to be Boise State, Utah State and Utah Valley. But he was torn between BSU and USU.
Jardine explained, "it was a tough decision because I grew up watching Utah State with my brother playing there, it was a childhood dream to play for Utah State, but after visiting both schools and seeing the programs, I felt 100% better about playing for Boise State and knew it was the program for me."
"He is a kid that's very high on the academic, we knew that along, come back from his mission and move on. The way they play, they want their big kids to shoot, that's the way they want to play and I think he'll have a really good career there," added CSI head coach Jared Phay.
Jardine pulled down a team–high 10 rebounds in the loss to Western Nebraska. His break–out game came against Laramie County when he scored 14 points and was 4–6 from three–point range.