Aug 14, 2013
By Tom Weber
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University men's basketball coach Barry Hinson announced on Wednesday that junior guard Josh Swan had career-ending surgery on his left knee yesterday. The 6-foot-2 guard first injured the knee last season during SIU's game at Illinois State on Feb. 2.
"You never want to see this happen to anybody, but especially not to a young man you love and care for so much," Hinson said.
During his two-year career, Swan played in 43 games, making 13 starts and scoring 174 points. Swan averaged 4.5 points per game last season and played especially well in Missouri Valley Conference games, in which he shot 51 percent from the field. The Atlanta native embraced the role of an undersized forward, complementing senior Jeff Early in that capacity.
"We were really counting on Josh for this season, based upon his improvement last year," Hinson said. "He was the epitome of a guy doing more than you expect."
Swan became the second player in Hinson's first year at Southern to sustain a career-ending knee injury. Freshman Chase Heins suffered a similar fate last fall. Hinson was adamant that the two players will remain a part of the program and earn their degrees.
"Just because they can't play, we're not going to leave them behind," he said. "They will still be involved with our team on a day-to-day basis."
Hinson said Swan and Heins will be given responsibilities, such as producing social media content about the program.