Playing in the NBA has been a boyhood dream of Philadelphia native Scoop Jardine, but his aspirations to become a professional basketball player took a huge hit this past weekend when the former Syracuse guard broke his right foot in a workout in Los Angeles.
The injury, which happened when Jardine's foot came down on foot of Mississippi State's Dee Bost, will force the point guard to have surgery in LA on Tuesday and then undergo six to eight weeks of rehabilitation. The injury couldn't have came at a worse time for the 6-foot-2 guard, who was hoping to have his named called at Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft.
Jardine, who worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers a few weeks ago, was getting positive feedback from NBA teams, but now will miss the NBA's Summer League.
"I’m trying to stay positive,’’ the 6-foot-2 guard, who led Syracuse to the NCAA’s Elite Eight, said. He laughed and said, "I’ll probably be able to jump after this.’’