Oregon State freshman hospitalized after collapsing in workout

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Oregon State freshman guard Chai Baker was hospitalized earlier this week after collapsing during a team workout, according to multiple reports.

Baker was in "critical but stable condition" as of Wednesday afternoon, per The Oregonian.

From the paper:

Baker, who the university spokesman said remains in "critical but stable condition" at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis, was working through preseason drills at OSU's basketball practice facility Tuesday when he collapsed shortly before 11 a.m. Assistant coach Stephen Thompson called 911 at 11:01 a.m. while assistant coach Kerry Rupp and at least two players comforted Baker, who was struggling to breathe.

A team trainer gave Baker CPR and used a heart defibrillator on him before EMTs arrived at 11:07 to rush Baker to Good Samaritan, said Steve Clark, vice president for university relations and marketing.

"Thankfully, we had staff respond who were able to assist him in an immediate and effective way," Clark said. "EMTs were able to arrive in a very responsive way."

It is unclear what caused Baker to collapse.

Baker is a 6-foot-3 guard from Malone (Fla.). With Oregon State losing Roberto Nelson and Hallice Cooke, Baker's ability to knock down shots from the perimeter was expected to be a major asset for new head coach Wayne Tinkle.

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