Iowa State Fred Hoiberg had surgery on Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to replace his pacemaker.
The pacemaker was put into place back in 2005, when Hoiberg underwent open-heart surgery to correct an enlargement on his aortic root. Due to complications during the surgery, a pacemaker was placed in his shoulder. The issues with his heart ended his NBA playing career.
A pacemaker is a device that is connected to a person’s heart by wires to quite literally control how fast the heart beats. It’s powered by batteries, which last around eight years.
This past weekend, though, Hoiberg experienced light-headedness while in St. Louis recruiting.
“I’m very hyper-sensitive to my heart – I feel every beat – I’ve been like that ever since I had the surgery in ’05,” he said on Monday. “My heart rate is never supposed to go under 70 (beats per minute), that’s the bottom rate they have because of my leaky valve. I could feel that it wasn’t at 70. My thought was, ‘Had my pacemaker stopped working?’ Then I’d feel OK, I’d get through the day and I’d do the same thing the next day.”
Monday morning, though, after exercising, Hoiberg could feel that his heart rate was not elevating. He sprinted on a treadmill and checked his pulse, finding it was at just 65 beats per minute.
The timing isn’t ideal for Hoiberg, as the second July live evaluation period will kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, although he does expect to be out of the hospital by then.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.