Heart concerns end freshman D.J. Bowles' career at Wichita State

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

D.J. Bowles' basketball-playing career could already be over, months before he ever got a chance to play his first college game.

The Wichita State freshman collapsed during a team workout on Sept. 3. He endured five days of tests in a local hospital following the scare. After that, he was flown to Rochester, Minn., to the famous Mayo Clinic for further evaluation and eventually had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator installed on Sept. 12.

To this day the exact source for Bowles' collapse is unknown.

On Friday the school released the news that Bowles was denied clearance to return to basketball, as decided by the Wichita State Inter Collegiate Athletic Association. Despite the news, which in effect ends Bowles' chances to play basketball for the Shockers, the school said it will honor all four years of his scholarship, which gets renewed every season.

"Our main concern is the health and well-being of D.J. for the rest of his life," Shockers athletic director Eric Sexton said in a statement. "He is an outstanding young man from a great family who has had a very traumatic 17 days. We hope that he will stay and complete his education at Wichita State, and have extended the commitment to honor his scholarship to he and his family."

The 6-2 Bowles is from Chattanooga, Tenn. The team cited federal privacy laws and did not release any further information. If Bowles still believes he can play college basketball and wants to continue his playing career elsewhere, there is recent precedence. Emmanuel Negedu had a heart issue while at Tennessee. Check that: he technically died before being brought back. He was eventually denied clearance to play by Tennesseee, and instead opted to transfer to New Mexico, which did allow him to play. Negedu averaged 4.7. points in 14.4 minutes sduring the 2010-11 season with the Lobos.

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