Saturday, August 21, 2010

Breaking News: Foote Teammate Collapses During Florida Workout

Alabama's Mikhail Torrance (No. 2, far right) and Cornell's Jeff Foote (left) were expected to be pro teammates in the EuroLeague with Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv. The undrafted Torrance was considered a likely second round pick by several experts before signing with Maccabi. However, earlier today, Torrance collapsed on the court during a workout in Florida. Below is the story from AHN.
Bradenton, FL, United States (AHN) - Former Alabama Crimson Tide guard Mikhail Torrance collapsed Friday during a workout at the IMG Basketball Academy and was rushed to the hospital unconscious.

Torrance fell to his knees and hit his head hard before trainers came rushing to his aid. Paramedics discovered he was not breathing and tried to revive him with a defibrilator and CPR.

A Sarasota Memorial Hospital spokesperson said Torrance was in the intensive care unit and still alive, though sources close to the family indicate he is breathing with the aid of a ventilator.

Torrance had been diagnosed "athlete's heart," a minor enlargement of the heart, according to a June 28 story from the Mobile Press-Register .

Some believe the 6’5”, 210 lb point guard missed being drafted in June because of the diagnosis. He played on the Miami Heat summer league team, but was released.

Torrance recently signed with Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he will join Alabama teammate Richard Hendrix, Cornell big man Jeff Foote and USC alum David Bluthenthal.

Torrance averaged 15.6 points and 5.1 assists for Bama in the tough SEC under head coach Anthony Grant, who released a statement concerning the incident.

"I was shocked and saddened to hear about Mikhail this afternoon," Grant said in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this very difficult time. I want Mikhail and his family to know that his teammates, coaches and the entire university community are praying for his full recovery."

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