Brandon Jawato‘s season is over with a back injury.
Jawato has a bulging disc in his back, UH coach Benjy Taylor said on Wednesday. On Thursday, a team source confirmed Jawato is shutting it down for the season.
Yet to be determined is if Jawato is calling it a career — a distinct possibility for the fourth-year junior guard.
It’s just the latest bout of misfortune endured by Jawato, who redshirted his first season at UH and enjoyed his most productive season in 2012-13, when he shot 41.3 percent on 3-pointers and made a team-high 43 from long range. An ankle wore down on him last season, and he scored just eight points across 14 games as a lightly used reserve.
He rehabbed all offseason from surgery to repair the joint, only to suffer a severe off-court concussion in the preseason. He appeared in only six games this season, and hadn’t gotten in a game since playing six minutes against Southern on Dec. 29. The team initially said the injury suffered sometime since that game was back spasms.
The most remarkable game of his UH career, the UH- and Big West-record 7-for-7 performance on 3-pointers in a single half, coincidentally came against UC Riverside, UH opponent Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
It remains to be seen if point guard Roderick Bobbitt (left knee bruising) will play against Riverside. I’ll have an updated blog entry before the game.