Wichita State freshman to undergo tests after collapsing during a workout

A Wichita State basketball player was hospitalized Tuesday night after collapsing during a workout at Koch Arena.

Freshman guard D.J. Bowles will undergo tests Wednesday to determine why he blacked out during the routine workout. Wichita State assistant athletic director Larry Rankin did not immediately return an email Wednesday morning seeking an update on Bowles' condition, but the player's father told the Wichita Eagle that his son was stable, alert and in good spirits when they spoke.

"I felt better when I heard his voice," Darren Bowles told the newspaper. "I was told he blacked out. We really don’t know what happened. He’s been a healthy child up to this point."

It's silly to speculate about the cause of Bowles' collapse before tests are performed, but doctors have every reason to be cautious and to perform the necessary tests. The fear is incidents like these occasionally stem from something career- or life-threatening, like an enlarged heart or an irregular heartbeat.

Bowles, a Chattanooga native, is a promising point guard with the ability to create off the dribble or shoot from the perimeter. He chose Wichita State over the likes of Davidson, Murray State, Southern Miss and SMU last November and previously had been expected to compete for minutes off the bench behind Fred VanVleet this upcoming season.

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