University of Minnesota incoming freshman and four-star point guard Jarvis Johnson will not be medically cleared to play this season, but will attend classes.
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported the news.
Minnesota announces freshman Jarvis Johnson will not be medically cleared to play basketball. Will still attend the school, but not play.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 15, 2015
Though he certainly would be playing if it were up to him, Johnson’s medical situation is unlike many others.
The Minneapolis native suffers from a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes “excessive thickening of the heart muscle,” as a report by Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune put it.
Johnson has a defibrillator implanted in his chest to shock his heart in the event that it suddenly stops again, so playing a sport like basketball that involves a lot of running is certainly a risk.
The lone silver lining is that nothing has been made official in terms of this officially being the end of Johnson’s basketball career. We only know that he was not medically cleared to play this season, and the fact that he is still attending the university as a student leaves a small glimmer of hope that at some point, he will be able to step on the court. G
iven the severity of his condition, however, it does not seem likely.
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