We barely got to know him, but what we did know is
Emmanuel Negedu's chest beats the heart of a lion! Strike that, a Lobo!
The Ferocious Emmanuel Negedu
It was made official today that Lobo forward Emmanuel Negedu's athletic career has ended do to previous complications with Negedu's heart.
Negedu transferred to the University of New Mexico last season after being released by Tennessee for the same heart complications when his heart had stopped beating. The Tennessee training staff had to use a defibrillator on Negedu and subsequently had an ICD device implanted in his heart. Like we said though Negedu has the heart of a lion so he wanted to pursue his basketball career.
After gaining a release from Tenn. Negedu set out to find another school and first tried to get in at Indiana University. While cleared by doctors the administrative staff chose not to clear Negedu and in stepped in Steve Alford and New Mexico.
After many test by UNM's doctors Negedu was given the clearance to play by doctor's and UNM administration and Negedu did not disappoint early in the season as he averaged 4.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per games in which he averaged 14.4 minutes.
On December 19th Negedu during halftime of a game vs. Citadel Negedu was forced to stop playing "after a bad reading from his internal cardiac defibrillator," says the press release from UNM. Negedu never returned to the court after the 19th.
TheRedMenace.com had the privilege to interview Negedu last year after he chose to play at UNM and I as well as most Lobo fans were so excited to have this passionate young man play for UNM as not only is E-man a great player, but an outstanding young man with a bright future ahead of him.
The Red Menace would like to thank Emmanuel for all his time and sacrifice and we wish him well as he continues his education at UNM.
Here is the official release from the University of New Mexico:
Receives Medical Disqualification
Will remain on scholarship but not count against men 's basketball's allotment of 13
Negedu played in 10 games for the Lobos this season, averaging 4.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and playing 14.4 minutes per contest. *He led the Lobos in rebounding three times in the first nine games of the season, including 10 in a 78-62 win over New Mexico State at The Pit. *He was shutdown at halftime of the Citadel game on December 19 after a bad reading from his internal cardiac defibrillator.
"The most important thing about the situation is Emmanuel's health," said head coach Steve Alford. *"It's unfortunate that due to health concerns he will no longer be able to participate. However, Emmanuel will continue to be a vital member of Lobo basketball on a daily basis. He will remain on scholarship and work hard towards attaining his degree as well as continue to get the medical care he needs."
Alford added, "Emmanuel and I both very much appreciate all the efforts of the UNM medical staff that continues to ensure his good health."
The NCAA allows for a medical disqualification waiver, also known as a medical non-counter waiver, for a student-athlete who is advised to not continue participation in collegiate athletics by a physician. Under a medical disqualification waiver, a student-athlete maintains his or her grant-in-aid for the remainder of their four or five year academic experience, but the student-athlete does not count against a sports allotment of scholarships.
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