Sophomore has undisclosed medical condition

Updated: October 20, 2003, 5:52 PM ET
Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State center Kevin Cates is out indefinitely with an undisclosed medical condition.

Cates, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, started 25 games last season, averaging 3.4 points and 5.1 rebounds.

The illness was not identified because of federal privacy regulations, assistant sports information director Chris Taylor said Monday.

"It is not an injury; it is a medical condition," Taylor said.

Coach Tim Buckley said Cates could be out "possibly the season, possibly a month, possibly next week."

Backup center Tom Howland also is expected to be out at least three more weeks with a knee injury.

"Where it affects you most is defensively," Buckley said of playing without anyone taller than 6-8. "Offensively, I don't think we'll have any trouble adjusting. We like to play fast and push the pace, so this won't slow us down at all."

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