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How Ryan Gomes helped save Utah State’s Danny Berger

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Scary moment took place at Utah State earlier this week, when junior forward Danny Berger collapsed and lost consciousness at practice on Tuesday.

According to reports, Berger had stopped breathing and emergency responders needed to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to get Berger to start breathing again. On Wednesday, it was reported that Berger was in stable, but critical condition.

Ryan Gomes, the former Providence College standout and NBA forward – now playing overseas in Germany, is gaining praise from the Utah State faithful for helping save Berger’s life.

When Gomes was a teenager, playing AAU basketball, he watched a teammate die after collapsing during warm-ups. The death of Gomes teammate could have been prevented, if a defibrillator was available and used to restart his heart.

Gomes created Hoops for Heart Health in 2006 with its goal to put AEDs in recreation facilities around the country. On Friday afternoon, USUStats.com, a Utah State basketball fan site, thanked Gomes for helping save Berger’s life. According to USUStats.com, the device used to save Berger’s life was donated by Gomes and his foundation.

Under the “About Us” tab on the Hoops for Heart Health official website, reads a message from Gomes:

“I started Hoops For Heart Health to bring together the basketball community in order to raise awareness to the growing problem of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in student athletes. If we can save just one life, it makes all of our efforts worthwhile.”

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.