Aztecs basketball player had history of collapsing

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Dwayne Polee leaves Viejas Arena on a gurney after collapsing during the game

SAN DIEGO – Star basketball player, Dwayne Polee, from San Diego State University who collapsed onto the court mid-game this week, also collapsed during a basketball practice a year ago.

Coach Steve Fisher said Saturday in a news conference, Polee was cleared to play shortly after he collapsed during practice last year.

“[Dwayne Polee] is feeling good. He looks like a million bucks,” Fisher said.

Polee was also present at the news conference addressing the media for the first time since his most recent collapse.

On Monday night’s game against UC Riverside, Polee fell to the ground before getting rushed to the hospital and seen by a number of cardiologists.

He was released the following day but was told not to engage in any strenuous activity, including basketball.

Fisher said Polee had undergone several tests and procedures over the last week and they were awaiting several test results.

A medical condition was not released during the new conference, with Fisher and the basketball team’s physician citing Polee’s privacy.

Polee is expected to see more doctors in the coming weeks, and whether or not he would be returning to the court anytime soon was unclear.

Fisher emphasized the team’s concern for Polee’s health and well-being, not whether or not the senior forward cold return to play sooner than later.

Polee was present at Saturday’s basketball match up against San Diego Christian, as well as practice the night before. He did not participate in any activities.


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