WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that redshirt-freshman Jay Simpson’s career is over due to the heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyotrophy (HCM).
“Obviously, this is very tough and upsetting news to take. You never want to see a young athlete’s career end in a fashion like this. Jay had a very bright future in our program and we are disappointed that he will not be able to continue his basketball career,” Painter said. “We are very fortunate that our doctors were able to detect this condition early, which will enable Jay to live a long and healthy life.”
“HCM is a disease which causes structural abnormalities to the heart and may lead to sudden death in young exercising athletes. It’s discovery precludes the participation in competitive sports,” Purdue team doctor Greg Rowdon said.
Hank Gathers, Reggie Lewis, Kevin Duckworth and Jason Collier all died from the same heart condition.
Simpson played in 26 games this year, while earning starts in seven of them. He averaged 4.3 points per game and 3.6 rebounds while dishing out 15 assists, grabbing 12 steals and blocking eight shots in 12.0 minutes per game.
Simpson is on course to graduate in May 2016 and will remain on scholarship at Purdue.