Friday, September 20, 2013
Wichita State Freshman D.J. Bowles has been denied medical clearance to return to the Shockers basketball team.
In a release issued by the university Friday afternoon, Bowles will not be allowed back on the team due to his cardiac condition, but has been extended an opportunity for Wichita State to honor all four years of his scholarship aid.
Bowles collapsed during practice on September 3. Staff used a defibrillator and CPR before emergency personnel arrived and took him to a Wichita ER.
He was later transferred to the Mayo Clinic, where he underwent surgery on September 12 to have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator installed.
"Our main concern is the health and well-being of D.J. for the rest of his life," WSU Director of Athletics Eric Sexton said. "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."
Bowles, originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was a guard for the Shockers.