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  • Here's the full story on Vince - prayers up!

    This has been buzzing around the program for a few months now, but we've stayed quiet out of respect to Vince. He had a cardiac arrest in July. Up in the air as to whether he'll play this year. Fight on and get well big fella!

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-ba...t-this-summer/
    Last edited by USCBasketball.com; 09-29-2022, 12:32 PM.

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    Fans should probably proceed mentally as if Vince won't be available this year.

    This is why we scrambled to bring in Niagu and why we are still on the hunt for bigs.

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    • #3
      This really sucks. I wish Vince well and really hope that he will come back. But I feel fans should be prepared that he may never suit up for USC as a basketball player....

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      • #4
        I heard there’s a good chance he’ll play by mid year

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        • #5
          That’s gotta be scary stuff for a young man to deal with. I’m glad he’s had excellent care and is feeling good right now. If he had a major situation like Marfan or a congenital defect you’d think that would be announced, so hopefully this is good news!

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          • #6
            I send my thoughts and prayers to Vince and his family. I am hoping what Trojan2011 is saying is true in that Vince appears not to have Marfan's syndrome or a congenital heart defect. I remember all too well when former Trojan and LMU great Hank Gathers collapsed and died on the court at LMU, from what turned out to be Marfan's. I hope that I will never again have to witness something like that. We need Vince to get healthy again, that is first and foremost. Basketball is secondary but we all hope that one day he will be cleared by his doctor's to resume full basketball activities. Fight on Vince and Iwuchukwu family!

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            • #7
              So thankful that he survived it. Must have been terrifying for Vince and his friends & family.

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              • #8
                I don't think USC can ever clear him for his own health concerns and liability for the school.
                Last edited by TroyD; 09-30-2022, 04:48 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Wstripes View Post
                  I heard there’s a good chance he’ll play by mid year
                  In my 50 years of following USC sports, I' can not recall USC signing off on any at risk medical conditions such as this, ever! I wish Vince and his family well and I hope he stays and gets his degree and lives his best life! FIGHTON Vince!

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                  • #10
                    Geez, this was worse than I thought. I speculated a while ago that it'd be like Shareef who had heart surgery while at UCLA, but didn't actually suffer a cardiac event.

                    Less than 10% of people survive sudden cardiac arrest since your heart stops pumping. Kudos to the staff/medical team that saved Vince's life (usually involving CPR/defibrillator) since many young athletes who suffer from this freak occurrence don't get their heart restarted until long after it occurs which often results in death or brain damage.

                    I'd be surprised if Vince ever plays for USC given the liability, but he's in good hands now and I'm sure USC athletics will improve their protocol for checking early warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest for all student-athletes (e.g. trouble breathing and shortness of breath). Wouldn't be surprised if Vince had COVID before as it can put a ton of strain on your heart if you have a bad, pneumonic case.

                    Fight On, Vince! Always a Trojan.

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                    • #11
                      As I recall, a few years ago we had a bb forward with heart issues. Eventually he was medically clear to play but USC did not clear him. He transferred and played two more years at another school.
                      Similarly in 2020 anothe player at a Florida school had heat failure. After a while he was medically cleared but not by the school. He transferred out and is now on the roster of another team.
                      The article about

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                      • #12
                        That would be a major bummer if he never plays for the Trojans, but his health is and should be above everything else. I send my deepest prayers to him and his family, and I am very grateful that this man is still alive with us! Fight on, Vince!

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