San Diego State forward Dwayne Polee visited practice on Friday for the first time since collapsing during a Dec. 22 game.
Polee did not participate in practice, and head coach Steve Fisher indicated the senior forward could be out for weeks, if he returns at all this season.
“I’m sure that it is [frustrating],” Fisher said, according to the newspaper, “but he’s smart enough to know he has to be patient and wait until he gets clearance from the experts.”
Fisher also said that Polee collapsed during practice a year ago, but was cleared to play and did not miss time. Team doctor Allen Richburg said that doctors have additional concern about Polee's condition given the previous collapse, though it's too early to determine if the episodes are connected.
"Dwayne had a similar issue occur last year around Dec. 13," Fisher said, according to the Associated Press. "During practice, he looked as if he was stumbling and went down on one knee and on his side. Within seconds, we were at his side, and he was sitting up and stood up. He was monitored as the season went on and had no recurrences of anything."
Polee collapsed during San Diego State's game against UC Riverside last Monday night. With 11:08 remaining in the first half, Polee was running on defense when he fell to the court and appeared to lose consciousness. Officials quickly halted the game, and Fisher and Polee's parents rushed onto the court.
After undergoing tests during an overnight hospital stay, he was released last Tuesday.
"It happened suddenly," Polee said Saturday. "Before the game and leading up to the game, I was feeling great. It just happened out of nowhere."
Fisher did not provide any additional medical updates on Saturday, only saying that Polee has seen "too many [doctors] for me to name."
Polee is averaging 9.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He transferred to San Diego State from St. John's before the 2011-12 season.
The Aztecs are 9-3 and will begin Mountain West Conference play Wednesday vs. Air Force.
- Mike Fiammetta