University of Tulsa hoop star Kodi Maduka says his health is more important than basketball. He has decided to end his career.
Kodi collapsed during a pick up game back in April and spent several days in the hospital.
He will remain at TU- to help with the basketball team and finish his degree.
"This is obviously heartbreaking for Kodi and his family as well as for our basketball program, but Kodi's health is most important. Although he is unable to continue playing basketball, Kodi remains on scholarship at The University of Tulsa to continue his education," said first-year Head Basketball Coach Danny Manning. "We will do everything we can to help Kodi through this transition. He is still a valuable member of our basketball program and will be involved with us daily."
"I am blessed to be alive and healthy, and I'm doing perfectly fine," Maduka said. "I look forward to the upcoming school year and continuing to be a part of the TU basketball program, while pursuing my bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. I am anxious to help the younger guys on the team in their transition to college and doing what I can to help my teammates. I am extremely fortunate to have this opportunity."
"The outpouring of support and prayers throughout this time has been incredible. My family and I would like to thank the athletic department, the athletic trainers, my teammates, Coach Manning and the coaching staff for their rapid response and their continuing encouragement. I also owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the Tulsa community, the university, the fans and the media for their support throughout my career," added Maduka.
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