Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 1:24 pm  |  one response

Wichita State’s DJ Bowles Leaving Team Due To Heart Condition

by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33

DJ Bowles’ career at Wichita State is over before it ever got the chance to start due to a serious heart condition.

Bowles joined the Shockers this year as a three-star recruit out of Florida and was expected to get some playing time for last year’s NCAA Tournament Cinderella.

But Bowles collapsed during practice earlier this month and required surgery to have an electrical impulse defibrillator put into his heart. Because of that, the athletic department and its medical staff decided against clearing him to play.

From Kansas.com:

WSU said it has invited Bowles to remain at the school on scholarship, but Bowles has not indicated whether he will accept the offer, assistant athletic director Larry Rankin said. If he remains at WSU, his scholarship would count against the basketball team’s total for this year but not after that.

“Our main concern is the health and well-being of D.J. for the rest of his life,” athletic director Eric Sexton said in a statement. “He is an outstanding young man from a great family who has had a very traumatic 17 days. We hope that he will stay and complete his education at Wichita State, and have extended the commitment to honor his scholarship to he and his family.”

There is no definitive word on whether or not Bowles will ever be able to play, but right now, it looks bleak.

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  • Woooo Shockers!

    I like the game on the court; but when the game off the court still honors four years of promised scholarship; I’ve got WSU basketball in a solid ‘Win’ category for at least four more years.
    Thanks for being classy!