WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (21Alive) - Purdue University men's basketball forward Jay Simpon's basketball career abruptly ended Tuesday due to a heart condition.
Simpson, a 6'10" redshirt freshman from Champaign, Ill., has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the university announced in a statement.
"HCM is a disease which causes structural abnormalities to the heart and may lead to sudden death in young exercising athletes." Dr. Greg Rowdon of the Purdue University Sports Medicine Team said. "Its discovery precludes the participation in competitive sports."
HCH is more commonly known in sports as the condition that killed Hank Gaithers, Kevin Duckworth and Jason Collier.
"This is very tough and upsetting news to take," Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. "You never want to see a young athlete's career end in a fashion like this. Jay had a very bright future in our program."
Simpson played 26 games this year, including 7 starts. He averaged 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 12 minutes of action per game.
Simpson will remain on scholarship at Purdue, and is on course to graduate in May of 2016, the team says.
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