Twin Falls native Casdon Jardine will play for his third college basketball team in as many years next season.
Jardine, a Twin Falls High School graduate who played for the College of Southern Idaho and Boise State University, announced his verbal commitment to Utah Valley University on Sunday.
“It felt right,” Jardine told the Times-News on Monday. “I was thrilled with the coaches. The team seemed awesome. I really couldn’t find a negative.”
The commitment came about two weeks after Jardine received his release from Boise State, where he spent one season. Jardine transferred to Boise State after playing the 2016-17 season at CSI.
This past season, Jardine appeared in 18 games and played 78 total minutes (4.3 per game) for the Broncos. He shot 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from the field, scored 28 total points and grabbed 22 rebounds.
The meager playing time led to his exit from Boise.
“I loved my year there. I learned a lot, I grew a lot,” he said. “It just ended up not being the right fit for me. I was looking to be a more impactful player than they needed me to be.”
Jardine said Utah Valley, which plays in the Division I Western Athletic Conference, recruited him before his season with CSI, and the Wolverines were the first team to reach out to him after receiving his release from Boise State. He visited the campus in Orem, Utah, this past weekend, and he had no intentions of committing.
But on Saturday, his mind changed.
“I dropped the commitment on everybody as a surprise,” he said. “I just couldn’t find a reason not to.”
Jardine said he meshed well with the coaching staff, especially head coach Mark Pope.
Division I transfer rules prevent Jardine from playing for Utah Valley during the 2018-19 season, so he will use his redshirt, which will allow him to play two seasons for the Wolverines beginning in 2019-20. He plans to play power forward and some small forward, and he will study international business.
“I really think Utah Valley will be the right fit for me, that home that I’ve been looking for,” Jardine said.
CSI redshirt sophomore guard Telly Davenport played for Utah Valley prior to joining the Golden Eagles this year.
Jardine helped the Twin Falls Bruins win the 4A state championship in 2014, his senior year. He then served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enrolled at CSI in 2016.
In his one season with the Golden Eagles, Jardine averaged 10.4 points (44.3 percent field goal shooting) and 6.0 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game. CSI lost in the opening round of the NJCAA tournament and finished with a 27-7 record that season.