UConn men's basketball provided a positive update on Isaiah Whaley after the Huskies fifth-year senior forward fainted at the end of Wednesday's 115-109 double-overtime win over the Auburn Tigers in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Before the noon ET Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal game against the Michigan State Spartans, UConn announced that Whaley looked "normal" after an evaluation overnight and Thursday morning. As a precautionary move, though, UConn gave Whaley the day off to rest.
In addition to Whaley's status, the Huskies announced that senior guard Tyrese Martin was a game-time decision. Ultimately, Martin ended up playing.
No. 22 UConn edged No. 19 Auburn with a 20-14 advantage in the second overtime. Whaley logged 44 minutes, scoring two points on free throws while grabbing seven rebounds and four assists.
"UConn forward Isaiah Whaley experienced a combination of end-of-game excitement, fatigue and dehydration, which caused him to feel light-headed and dizzy and led to a fainting spell in front of the UConn bench at the conclusion of Wednesday’s game," the athletic department said in a statement Wednesday. "He recovered almost immediately, and the UConn athletic training and medical staff has determined there is no cause for concern."
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Whaley totaled 20 points, 26 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 blocks through UConn's first five games -- all starts -- of the 2021-22 season. Whaley is averaging 24.6 minutes per game.