After serving a two-year LDS mission in Brazil, Casdon Jardine returned home and signed to play for the College of Southern Idaho hoops team. Once Division I coaches caught wind of the Twin Falls graduate’s growth spurt, they came calling. In the end, however, he chose the Broncos over offers from Utah State, Weber State, Idaho State, Idaho and Santa Clara, among other schools.
“Committing was a big stress relief,” Jardine told BroncoCountry Friday afternoon. “Right off the mission I jumped into basketball with CSI, and that’s been nice. But the recruiting thing exploded out of nowhere and it was stressful.
“I had some schools coming after, but I prayed and thought about it and felt like Boise State was the place for me.”
Jardine pledged to the Broncos on Wednesday, a little more one week before playing his first game with CSI. He says there is no buyer’s remorse with his decision.
“A few days later I feel the same way,” Jardine said. “I don’t regret it at all.
As a senior at Twin Falls High, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound Jardine led his squad to a 4A state title. The Bruins defeated current Bronco guard Malek Harwell’s Century High team for the championship.
The only college program to recruit was home-town CSI, and the relationship persevered during his foray in South America.
“I didn’t really have the body to play college basketball when I was a senior in high school,” Jardine said. “CSI was the only place that had interest in me both before and after my mission. But I put on 45 pounds and grew an inch and a half while I was in Brazil. Schools noticed that and interest picked up right after I got home.”
A bigger, stronger Jardine piqued the curiosity of a number of programs, and he leaned on his older brother, Brady, who played at Utah State, for help during his recruitment. When the Aggies came calling for the younger Jardine, he says Brady remained a positive and unbiased aid.
“I wanted to consult with my brother because he had already been through the process,” Jardine said. “I really appreciated his help. He wasn’t pushing me toward Utah State or anything like that. He wanted me to do what’s best for me. He was a huge help.”
The overall state of Boise State hoops is what convinced him to be a Bronco.
“Something that I have always bought into is an established program,” he said. “I’ve always loved being a part of a program like that. At Twin it was like that, and that’s why I had success there. That’s what drew me to Boise State, it is an established program.
“Everything is so concrete and so established. I know the role and position I am going to fill. I know nothing is guaranteed to me, but seeing the direction the school and team are headed is perfect. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”