High Point's Allan Chaney's career over due to heart concerns

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Allan Chaney's career is over, but he says he's thankful for the chance he got. (USATSI)
Allan Chaney's career is over, but he says he's thankful for the chance he got. (HPU Athletics)

A recent mid-game incident involving Allan Chaney's internal defibrillator for his heart has caused the High Point senior to stop playing college basketball -- permanently.

Chaney became a feel-good story a year ago after his comeback from heart scares in 2009 and 2010. He was a player at Virginia Tech then. The surgeries and recovery from his life-threatening condition, viral myrocarditis, which inflames the heart, made his comeback all the more impressive and noteworthy.

But the university sent out a release over the weekend, that cites health concerns, and said Chaney's playing days in college basketball are over. He was First Team selection in the Big South a year ago after leading High Point to a 12-4 record in the conference.

"Allan has worked so hard to play the game that he loves so it's devastating news for all of us, but we're so thankful that he's here, able to get his degree and pursue future goals," coach Scott Cherry said in a statement. "Allan has done so much for our basketball program, helping us to our most successful season last year. He is still going to be part of our program moving forward and he's going to be here as we try to achieve our goal of making it to the NCAA tournament this season."

On Nov. 24, Chaney's defibrillator did its job and went into action. The reasons were not known, but subsequent meetings with doctors led to a verdict that Chaney should err on the side of caution and no longer continue playing college basketball. He's on track to graduate with a master's degree in nonprofit management in the spring.

"I'm thankful to my doctors here and in Philadelphia for the great medical care and I'm thankful to everyone at High Point University, especially coach Cherry and the coaching staff, my teammates, Geoff Staton and all of the other athletic trainers," Chaney said in a statement. "It's great to be here. Playing basketball won't be a part of my life going forward but I'm planning on working with kids and maybe coaching at some point."

Chaney's final season ends with a strong stat line: he was averaging 18.3 points and 9.8 rebounds. High Point is now 3-4 and next plays James Madison on Dec. 14.

 
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