Negedu had no pulse, listed as stable

Updated: September 30, 2009, 4:26 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Tennessee forward Emmanuel Negedu will remain hospitalized through Wednesday night as doctors continue tests that they hope determine why the sophomore collapsed at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex on Monday.

The school said in a news release Wednesday that doctors were still analyzing test results and developing a plan.

"Everyone, including Emmanuel, appreciates the outpouring of support he's received over the last couple days," coach Bruce Pearl said in the statement. "However, there has been some undue speculation about Emmanuel's status as a basketball player. Our complete focus at this time is on Emmanuel's health and well-being -- first and foremost ... But any discussions of Emmanuel's basketball future are inappropriate at this time."

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Negedu did not have a pulse when he was revived with a defibrillator on site by members of Tennessee's athletic training staff shortly after 4 p.m. ET. The newspaper reported that according to a source, Negedu was conscious when EMTs arrived.

Late Monday, Tennessee associate athletic trainer Chad Newman said Negedu was transported by ambulance from the sports complex to the UT Medical Center. Negedu was listed in stable condition.

"I feel good," Negedu said Tuesday. "It means a lot that everyone has asked about me and that people are praying for me. It's good to be a part of the Tennessee family."

Negedu worked out Monday morning, went to class and then returned for a light weight room upper-body session in the afternoon. He didn't complain of any pain or show any signs he was in duress, according to the report.

Negedu, who is from Nigeria and was originally expected to attend Arizona before Lute Olson took a leave of absence and then retired, played in 33 games as a freshman and averaged 7.2 minutes and 1.9 points per game. The 6-7, 218-pound Negedu was expected to be a part of the Vols' frontcourt rotation this season.

In addition to regular physicals, Tennessee performs echocardiograms on all athletes to search for evidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition blamed for the sudden death or more than a hundred athletes each year.

Andy Katz is a senior men's college basketball writer for ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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