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‘Medical setback’ sidelines San Diego State senior forward indefinitely

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One week after San Diego State senior forward Dwayne Polee II made his return to the court after missing more than two months of action after collapsing in a game against Bakersfield, it has been determined that he needs to return to the sideline.

According to Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Polee returned “abnormal” readings from a cardiac monitor that was implanted into his chest following his collapse in December. Per the report Polee’s medications are being adjusted, and there is no timetable as to when he’ll be able to return to the court.

Polee also had a cardiac monitor implanted just beneath the skin in his chest that records and analyzes the heart’s rhythms over an extended period. The monitor returned abnormal results, which often leads to adjustments in the accompanying medication until the readings stabilize.

Polee played 13 minutes in San Diego State’s win over San Jose State last Saturday, scoring three points. While it would obviously be good for San Diego State to have him back on the court, as the preseason all-conference selection would give them some needed offense on the wing, Polee’s health is of utmost importance at this time.

Even with this setback, the hope within the program is that Polee will be medically cleared to return at some point this season.

San Diego State senior forward cleared to return to action

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Having won six of their last seven games, San Diego State currently leads the Mountain West with an 11-3 record going into Saturday night’s game at San Jose State. Steve Fisher’s team received some excellent news ahead of the game as well, as it was announced by the school that senior forward Dwayne Polee has been medically cleared to return to game action.

Polee, who was a key player for the Aztecs on their run to the Sweet 16 last season, has not played since December after collapsing in the first half of a game against Bakersfield. Polee was eventually diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia, which is also an irregular heartbeat. This wasn’t the first time Polee collapsed during action, as he did so during a practice last season.

How much playing time Polee sees remains to be seen, and it would definitely be understandable if he were a bit rusty. But this may be the optimal game for Fisher to get Polee some minutes, as San Jose State has yet to win a conference game and has won just two games all season long.

Dave Wojcik’s team has been hit hard by a number of issues, including a lack of depth and the team’s ban from postseason play for its Academic Progress Rate numbers.

Without Polee others have been asked to step up for San Diego State on the wings, with fellow senior Aqeel Quinn, redshirt sophomore Matt Shrigley and freshman Malik Pope being three of those players. If Polee can help them, San Diego State get deeper on the wings as the look to win another Mountain West title.

San Diego State’s Dwayne Polee II collapsed in practice last season

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San Diego State’s Dwayne Polee II collapsed during a practice a year ago, head coach Steve Fisher announced on Saturday evening during a press conference. The incident was similar to the one that he suffered this past Monday during a game against UC Riverside.

“Dwayne had a similar issue occur last year around Dec. 13,” Fisher said. “During practice, he looked as if he was stumbling and went down on one knee and on his side. Within seconds, we were at his side, and he was sitting up and stood up. He was monitored as the season went on and had no recurrences of anything.”

Polee has not been cleared to return to the court yet. Team doctor Allen Richburg told reporters that Polee still has some testing to undergo and the timetable for a return is not known. The previous incident is a cause for concern, although they do not know if the two are related.

“We are still determining the cause of the problem,” Fisher said. “Our major and only concern right now is for Dwayne Polee’s health. If and when he is cleared by the doctors to participate, then we will deal with that.”

Polee passed out on defense against UCR, stumbling before falling face-first onto the court. He was immediately surrounded by doctors and remained on the floor for 15 minutes before getting wheeled off the court on a stretcher. He was conscious when he left, waiving to the crowd and fist-bumping his teammates.

“It happened suddenly,” Polee said. “Before the game and leading up to the game, I was feeling great. It just happened out of nowhere.”

Dwayne Polee II was at San Diego State practice on Friday, could be weeks before he plays again

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San Diego State senior Dwayne Polee II attended practice on Friday.

However, it could be several weeks to decide if/when Polee II will return to the lineup for the Aztecs, according to Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“I’m sure that it is (frustrating), but he’s smart enough to know he has to be patient and wait until he gets clearance from the experts,” San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said on Friday.

On Monday night, about midway through the first half against UC Riverside, Polee collapsed and was down on the floor for roughly 15 minutes. He was taken to the hospital and was discharged the following day after undergoing a series of tests.

“I’m not even worried about the basketball part yet,” Fisher added. “We’re so thankful that he’s able to be here with us. He’s under great care and we’ll be very cautious on each of the steps. … I don’t think there is a timetable, but I would say more on the longer end.”

San Diego State finishes non-conference play on Saturday against NAIA opponent, San Diego Christian. The Aztecs begin their Mountain West schedule at home on New Year’s Eve against Air Force.

The 6-foot-7 Polee is averaging 8.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

San Diego State’s Dwayne Polee II released from the hospital, awaiting test results

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San Diego State senior Dwayne Polee II was released from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Polee collapsed during Monday night’s game against UC Riverside with 11 minutes remaining in the first. He spent roughly 15 minutes on the Viejas Arena floor. The AP reports that Polee was conscious when he was taken out of the arena.

Mark Ziegler of the San Diego Union Tribune reported that Polee was discharged from the hospital after undergoing a series of tests. He is awaiting the results.

“We will just pray that the tests can be run and can determine what the cause of it might be and move forward from there,” San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said after the 61-33 win over UC Riverside. “Our No. 1 thought right now is for Dwayne Polee and he is in a spot right now where the experts will be able to take care of him.”

Polee is averaging 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the Aztecs.

San Diego State returns on Saturday against San Diego Christian.

San Diego State forward Dwayne Polee II collapses during game, taken to hospital

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San Diego State senior Dwayne Polee II was on defense tracking his man along the perimeter during Monday night’s game against UC Riverside when the forward took a face-first fall to the ground and collapsed with 11:08 remaining in the first half.

The San Diego Union-Tribune‘s Mark Zeigler was covering the game and witnessed the scary situation, as the game was delayed:

College Basketball Talk has decided not to include video of the incident in this post.

According to Zeigler, paramedics responded on the scene by lifting Polee’s jersey and attaching monitoring equipment to his chest. Polee spent about 15 minutes on the floor before being lifted onto a gurney and taken through the tunnel to an ambulance.

The AP reports that Polee was conscious when he was wheeled off of the court and his teammates came over and gave him fist-bumps. Polee also pumped his fists towards the crowd. San Diego State officials say that Polee was responsive and being taken to a hospital, but they aren’t immediately sure what happened. Polee also had electrodes hooked to him.

Obviously, we hope everything ends up okay with Polee and that he is cleared to continue playing again shortly.