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Brigham Young Cougars guard Jahshire Hardnett (0) calls a play as he brings the ball up the court during a game between Brigham Young University and Utah State University held Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Marriott Center in Provo. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

Former BYU guard Jahshire Hardnett will finish his career at the University of Montana.

Hardnett, who transferred to BYU from Chipola College two seasons ago, opted to leave the Cougar program as a graduate transfer. For his career, Hardnett averaged 7.4 points per game and started 47 of the 55 games he played for Dave Rose. He was moved out of the starting lineup at Pacific on Jan. 3 and injured his wrist against Saint Mary’s two nights later.

After the Pacific-Saint Mary’s weekend, rumors started that Hardnett was leaving the team out of frustration. Rose confirmed on his coaches show that he and Hardnett were discussing his situation. Hardnett stayed with the team but played in only three games the remainder of the season. The reason given by Rose was that Hardnett re-injured his wrist.

Hardnett, who graduated this spring, was expected to choose a school closer to his home in Mississippi but opted to play for Travis DeCuire in Missoula.

Montana is a perennial contender in the Big Sky, finishing last season with a 26-9 record and lost to Michigan 74-55 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Grizzlies graduated five seniors from that team.

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