WSU basketball player who collapsed is stable and alert

D. J. Bowles (Photo courtesy Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita State basketball player who was rushed to the hospital late Tuesday afternoon is stable and alert.

D.J. Bowles, a new Shocker men’s basketball recruit out of Tennessee, collapsed during a workout at Charles Koch Arena.

He was rushed to Via Christi on Saint Francis in serious condition.

WSU Director of Athletics Eric Sexton gave KSN an update in a news release Wednesday.

“I want to commend athletic trainer Todd Fagan, our athletic training staff, and emergency medical personnel, for quick and professional response exhibited in dealing with D.J.’s situation,” Sexton said. “In addition, a thank you to our partner, Via Christi, for the care they are providing.

“I visited D.J. this morning. He is in stable condition, and will have a number of tests today. We may not know much more until we receive the results of the tests. All of our thoughts go out to D.J., his family, and our men’s basketball program.”

Bowles’ father Darren talked to KSN from his home in Tennessee.

“He just said he was working out,” says Darren. “And he just collapsed. And that’s about it. I really didn’t go into detail. I just wanted to find out when his tests and everything was going to be run.”

Darren says his son, considered at least a two-star recruit by many coming out of high school, may have to get tests run on his heart. He says the tests on D.J. are “routine” in nature and are to make sure there is nothing seriously wrong.

“That’s all we know right now,” says Darren. “He was in good spirits when I talked to him. Honestly this is a shock to me and his mom because he’s been a healthy child all of his life with no problems.”

Darren says he hopes his son’s tests come back “healthy” and his son will be able to continue on the court and be able to play for the Shockers.

“Well, I’ll tell you what. The run to the final four was fun to watch. Shockers looked real good,” says Darren. “We were just so impressed with coach (Gregg) Marshall and all. I’d love to come to some Shocker games and see my boy play.”

Darren says his wife, Kimberly, will likely fly to Wichita to offer support to their son.

‘He’ll be okay,” says Darren. “He’ll be okay.”

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