Mikhail Torrance 'serious but stable'

Updated: August 26, 2010, 9:37 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former Alabama player Mikhail Torrance, who collapsed at a workout last Friday in Bradenton, Fla., was breathing on his own Wednesday after being taken off a ventilator, AOL Fanhouse reported.

Torrance still hasn't regained consciousness since his collapse but a hospital spokesperson told AOL Fanhouse that his condition has been upgraded to "serious but stable."

Torrance reportedly suffered a heart attack. Torrance's agent, Happy Walters, told AOL Fanhouse that, if his client awakens soon, he expects doctors to implant a device in Torrance to prevent another heart attack.

Walters said that there has been some movement in his clients' arms and legs. A CT scan performed Tuesday came back negative, AOL Fanhouse reported.

"This is great news, very significant," Walters told AOL Fanhouse. "And we're hoping for more soon. We're hoping he wakes up soon.''

Torrance has said that he was diagnosed in 2009 with an enlarged heart, which is why he believes he went without being chosen in this year's NBA draft. He signed a summer-camp deal with the Miami Heat, but was with the organization less than a week and never participated in any on-court drills or summer league games.

Torrance, 21, had been planning to spend the coming season overseas with Maccabi Tel Aviv, agreeing to a contract with the Israeli team last month. He led Alabama in points (15.6 per game), assists (162) and minutes (1,043) last season as a senior.

Earlier this summer, he told The Birmingham News and Mobile Press-Register that team doctors at Alabama cleared him to play and said his heart condition was common to athletes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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