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.
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 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.”