UT Vol Duke Crews out indefinitely

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) Sophomore forward Duke Crews is out indefinitely.

That word just coming in from the University of Tennessee.

UT Associate Sports Information Director Craig Pinkerton says Crews will be held out of all practice and games due to a medical condition that has been identified by the UT Sports Medicine staff.

“Based on a screening echocardiogram issued to each student-athlete, a heart condition was identified for Duke Crews,” team physician Dr. Chris Klenck said. “Further testing confirmed the result which will preclude Duke from competing at this time. He will continue to undergo treatment, monitoring and further testing. He will return to competition as soon as his condition allows.”

Pinkerton says Crews’ condition was identified by an echocardiogram that the University of Tennessee provides to all of its student-athletes.

An echocardiogram is a 3D image of the heart that cardiologists can use to closer identify any problems or potential problems.

“It is very fortunate that this condition was identified before a potentially life-changing problem occurred,” head coach Bruce Pearl said. “This is the reason that we have all of our student-athletes undergo testing like this. Based on tests so far, we are optimistic about his chance to return.”

The 6-foot-7 Crews was averaging 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds on the season.

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