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.
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.
Chai did not suffer a blood clot or an arterial blockage. Doctors believe it could've been dehydration leading to an electrolyte imbalance.— Dustin Kent (@JCFSports) August 21, 2014
Chai has 100% brain activity, no clear heart issue, and his mother said she expects a total recovery. "He's a fighter," she said.— Dustin Kent (@JCFSports) August 21, 2014
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.