Wichita State basketball player D.J. Bowles released from hospital after collapse

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

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WICHITA, Kansas — It was a scary moment when Wichita State men’s basketball player DJ Bowles collapsed during practice Tuesday.

The freshman was finally released from the hospital Sunday afternoon as the shocker nation hopes for his full recovery.

It was less than a year ago when D.J Bowles was playing high school basketball in Florida.

“It’s always tough to lose key players,” said freshman Justin Vandergriend, Wichita State University.

The well wishes have been pouring in for Bowles, 18 across the Wichita State campus.

“It always stinks to lose someone,” said graduate student Nick Kovach, Wichita State University. “You just fight through to see what everyone can do.

The freshman basketball player from Tennessee was rushed to Via Christi on Saint Francis Tuesday after collapsing during a work out at Charles Koch Arena.

“Honestly it’s a shock to me and his mom because he’s been a healthy child all his life,” said Darren Bowles, DJ’s father. “You know? With no problems.”

Bowles spent five days in the hospital and is now at home resting while doctors continue their diagnosis to figure out what caused the point guard to go down.

KSN News learned doctors have already performed several test, but they’re still waiting for results to come back.

“My soccer team last year had this kind of happened,” said freshman Carl Schmidt, Wichita State University. “We lost one of our best players and it creates a rift kind of because you lose the continuity in your team, but it also kind of bonds the team together because you want to play well for that one guy.”

Bowles hasn’t publicly talked about what happened, but did send out a message to his followers on Twitter recently.

The messages reads in part, “I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers all week. Things are getting better everyday.” and “I want to send a special thanks to Shocker Nation. You guys are the best fans in the world. Thank you for all the support.”

With that message, fans believe that the point guard will jump back into the game for what they hope will be another great season.

“I really hope that we can repeat what we did last year and make it to the final four and maybe go all the way,” said Schmidt.

Bowles’ family flew in from Tennessee to be by his side and they’re hoping for his test result to come back healthy.

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