Heart scares and heart-health awareness are now a part of college basketball. It's a tough situation, but thankfully, schools are now more and more conscious of how delicate and vulnerable any given player could be to heart failure.
Recently, Wichita State doctors had to tell an incoming freshman that his career would be over before it could ever start after he collapsed during a team workout. Texas A&M junior forward Kourtney Roberson is lucky to avoid that fate, however. The school announced Roberson "underwent a successful out-patient procedure at Scott & White Hospital in College Station" late last week.
Roberson, who stands 6-9 and weighs approximately 240 pounds, never collapsed but he did have a rapid heart rate earlier in the week at practice. This prompted team physicians to get him checked out.
“First and foremost, our concern is for Kourtney's health and well-being” Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said in a statement. “We'll make sure he gets all the support he needs and are hopeful that he will be back on the court for us very soon.”
Roberson's timeline to play again isn't known, but there is an expectation he'll be back in November. The team begins its season Nov. 8 at home against Buffalo. Roberson started nearly every game for the Aggies a year ago, averaging 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds.