Santa Clara loses center for year

Updated: October 18, 2009, 5:17 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Santa Clara center Scott Thompson will miss the season because of a heart condition.

The school said the 7-foot, 245-pound Thompson will take a medical leave of absence this season. It's unclear whether his career might be over altogether. Santa Clara officials didn't offer further details on Thompson's condition.

His family and doctors felt not playing this season was the best decision, coach Kerry Keating said.

Thompson averaged 0.9 points and 0.8 rebounds in 26 games last season as a freshman.

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