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WICHITA, Kansas — DJ Bowles, the incoming freshman point guard will not play for the WSU Shocker men. Coach says he’s just glad Bowles is alive and, relatively, well.
“We were in the hospital quite a bit. With all the time that he spent there at Via Christi,” says Marshall. “The school decided that it would be in his best interest not to play basketball. They did not clear him medically. That was a very tough and sad meeting. You know he’s been waiting his whole life to get to this point to play at this level. For that to be taken away from him through no fault of his own, it’s just bad luck.”
Marshall says he’s just glad Bowles, a two-star point guard recruit out of high school, is alive.
Bowles father told KSN news back in September that his son collapsed while working out in Koch arena. Coach was not far away when it happened.
Coach Marshall says the AED, or Defibrillator, helped save the life of Bowles.
“…We were all panicked,” recalls Marshall. “It was a tough thing to have witnessed. So I’m talking to DJ, please breath, breath! Stay with us! And I was just trying to coach him and coaching doesn’t do much good right then. Then I’m coaching Todd (Todd Fagan, WSU trainer) on the AED and the AED tells you exactly what to do and Todd did it perfectly. And (Todd) does the CPR chest compression and the mouth-to-mouth. So I’m telling him to keep doing it. Keep hitting him Todd. Todd goes, coach, he’s breathing. You don’t do it once they start breathing.”
Happy to see his recruit alive and breathing, they rushed him by ambulance to the hospital.
Bowles is still taking classes at WSU. And, while Bowles has not been cleared to play basketball, he is alive.
“…And basically we’d love to see him get his degree here . And I told him he’s going to be great at something else. We don’t know what that is. But with all the time that’s he’s not going to be focusing on basketball, putting those energies into something else, really quickly he’s going to find that he is really good at something else. And I’m excited to see what that is. He is a super, super young man.”