Negedu stable after passing out after workout

Defibrillator used to revive Vol forward

Emmanuel Negedu at UT basketball media day in 2008.

Photo by Saul Young

Emmanuel Negedu at UT basketball media day in 2008.

Tennessee men’s basketball sophomore forward Emmanuel Negedu is in stable condition after collapsing in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.

Negedu did not have a pulse when he was revived with a defibrillator at the scene by UT athletic training staff members.

He had regained consciousness and was alert when EMTs arrived to transport him to UT Medical Center by ambulance, according to a source in the Vols’ athletic community.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their concern and support,’’ UT coach Bruce Pearl said. “We ask you keep Emmanuel in your prayers.’’

Negedu had finished a workout in the weight room and was leaving the complex with teammates en route to a pick-up basketball game when he lost consciousness.

Negedu had gone through a more strenuous Monday morning workout and attended classes before returning to the UT weight room for a light session of upper-body strength training. He did not complain of any pains, nor did he exhibit any warning signs before collapsing, according to witnesses.

Negedu, known to coaches, teammates and fans as “E-Man,” was conscious when he was transported to UT Medical Center. He was undergoing an extensive battery of diagnostic tests and was to be held there overnight for observation, according to Vols’ associate athletic trainer Chad Newman.

A native of Nigeria, Negedu appeared in all 33 games last season, averaging 7.2 minutes per contest and 1.9 points. He shot 80 percent from the free throw line last season, tops among the players in the Vols’ rotation.

Negedu was recently moved from center to power forward, where he was expected to see considerably more playing time and challenge for a starting role this season.

Negedu, 6-foot-7 and 218 pounds, consistently tested out as the fastest and one of the strongest players on the team since his arrival from the Brewster Academy in New Hampshire last season. He often provided a spark upon entering games last season with his all-out style of play.

Many of Negedu’s Tennessee teammates and coaches have been to UT Medical Center to support him, as he does not have any family members residing in the U.S.

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Comments » 58

SAMO writes:

Hopefully just the flu or something. Would hate for it to be the heart like it was with Duke.

Phowell23 writes:

Probably just dehydrated. Get better soon Negadu!

InertGas writes:

Hope all is ok. We're going to need you. Looking forward to a great season.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Scary. Hope the young man is OK and 100% soon.

vol94 writes:

in response to Bob4Vols:

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You sir are a complete idiot. I do not know why the KNS allows people to come on here and discuss issues off topic. You are not a UT fan so go somewhere else and take up space.

Vol1966 writes:

in response to Bob4Vols:

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What article are you reading???

vol94 writes:

in response to Bob4Vols:

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Please go to your own team's site and waste their fans' time.

You sir do not make any sense. Your comment are not relevant to the topic of discussion.

GO HOME!! KNS- please remove Bob's comments.

smokeyvol1 writes:

in response to Bob4Vols:

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Lannie Boy as you call him is a VOL and I am a VOL fan! I dont care if Obama or George W. is coaching this team, I love my VOLS! Now about the topic that you evidently did not read! Get well soon young man, we are going to need you!

raynochonspeed#212632 writes:

in response to Bob4Vols:

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Bob4Vols is a whole mess of crazy.

Caps Lock? Check.
Excessive repetition of words? Check.
Delusional and living in the past? Check.
Posting rants on the wrong thread? Triple check.

On the topic at hand, however, I hope Negedu is OK. It might be the flu, however. It seemed to knock Tim Tebow out pretty good.

hillsborovol writes:

in response to Bob4Vols:

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Do you have Turrets Syndrome where you randomly spew out unrelated information? This is an article about Negadu passing out during basketball practice. Take your venom to another board.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to Bob4Vols:

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dude goto hell will ya?

TooLegit2Quit writes:

I hope he's okay. He's was my favorite player to watch last year, I absolutely loved his strength, speed, and hustle. He's going to be a beast his senior year.

oldsmokey67 writes:

in response to Bob4Vols:

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This is a basketball post.Comment on basketball loser or move on chump.You're just mad because lane is out recruiting most of the SEC right now.GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

SHAWVOL writes:

in response to raynochonspeed#212632:

Bob4Vols is a whole mess of crazy.

Caps Lock? Check.
Excessive repetition of words? Check.
Delusional and living in the past? Check.
Posting rants on the wrong thread? Triple check.

On the topic at hand, however, I hope Negedu is OK. It might be the flu, however. It seemed to knock Tim Tebow out pretty good.

Very funny this Bob guy is a complete douche.

Major_Magilicutty writes:

You guys are so gullible. Why get into it with that guy. He's only baiting you and you bite immediately? Weak fellas.

This article is about a young man that collapsed at practice for the University of Tennessee. Let Bob4Vols be the d-bag.

Get well, Negedu!

Down_The_Field writes:

EN get well soon young man i believe you've got the skill to be key for this team when CBP turns up the FCP defense this year.......and good for you for not eating junk.

vol_chaz writes:

in response to A_VOICE_OF_REASON:

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If this is the case, it puts sports in perspective. Get well soon Negadu..

gillblog writes:

I saw E-man play just once last season, and you had to love his enthusiasm. A guy who seems to love basketball just for itself and not as means to an end (great personal wealth) deserves our respect, prayers, and best wishes.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to Bob4Vols:

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whats a matter idiot ,you still hurt over phil not having a job at ut ?
pathetic doesnt begin to describe you

crimsonviper writes:

Hate to hear about this.Hope it turns out all good for him.It has been a rough week on athletes in the SEC.Wish them all well and Go Vols.
and off topic..KNS don't you think it is time to drop the ban hammer on BOB4VOLS? He is clearly a ignorant fool who is only here to pi$$ off Vol fans and ruin threads.That is all i have to say about that.

ctownvol writes:

in response to A_VOICE_OF_REASON:

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I got the same info from someone who is a very reliable source. Bad news indeed. I certainly wish the kid well.

allvol9 writes:

Prayers will be that it is not a heart issue. Hope all is well with him and look forward to updates.

Millisa writes:

Get well soon Negadu

sleiii writes:

Blacking out can be an all too common occurrence in the weight room when overdoing circuit training (moving directly from one weight station to another with short intervals). It is usually a result of overdoing your aerobic stress level rather than an underlying health issue. Although nothing should be ruled out, let's hope that was the case here.

tractoronthepole writes:

Emmanuel get well. You have big orange faithful praying for you all over the Great State of Tennessee tonight. We will also hope there were some unique circumstances that caused this that can be treated or not repeated.

vol_chaz writes:

He's lucky to still be alive. Basketball is the least of his worries..

p3t3rpan writes:

Te Automatic Electronic Defibrillator will not shock unless there is no pulse, no heart beat. Blacking out (going unconscious) is not a sufficient cause for the AED to shock.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Wow!

Glad he's okay.

Serious episode.

cdonsbach writes:

Praying for this young man to be given a clean bill of health from his physician.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

i agree with a couple of posts ago.... you don't bring up the paddles on someone who simply passes out.... his heart stopped, that's a BIG deal. Let's put basketball aside, I hope they can get this kid back to normal health, from the choice of words used, it sounds like we nearly lost him all the way around. Get better first Emmanuel, and if you get the chance, come give it another shot.

panavol writes:

Our prayers are with you Emmanuel!
You are a great VOL!
GBO

beachvol1 writes:

Yes, please get better as the post earlier, basketball is nothing but your health and life are....

VolunteerMan writes:

God bless E-Man.

brewsterbobcat writes:

E- Everyone at BA is behind you, we all love you! Get better soon!

VolAlum2003 (Inactive) writes:

Guys.I hate to be the voice of reality, but if he had to be defibrillated at the scene it wasn't the flu and it wasn't dehydration. You don't experience cardiac arrest with either of those conditions (at least not at the onset). I have a bad feeling about this one and I hope that I'm wrong (I really, really hope I'm wrong). Still, if I'm Negedu, I'd start to concentrate more on my studies.

brewsterbobcat writes:

E- Everyone at BA is behind you! You are in everyones thoughts! We love you! Feel better!

memphis_vol_fan writes:

Can someone with a medical background explain what might have happened. Cardiac arrest? Or is it possible that E-man had a heart condition that nobody (including himself) knew about?

VolWoman writes:

Many prayers for the most fun Vol to watch. God bless and keep you well E-man.

kyvol98 writes:

This article is wrong. E-man has the Big Orange family locally and all over the world.
Speedy recovery to him!!!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to A_VOICE_OF_REASON:

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Now THAT is a REAL "voice of reason"! We can only hope the situation is not that serious, but if there is the slightest suspicion that there is an underlying condition, basketball should be out of the question. As with many of you, E-Man was one of my favorite players, raw but with a world of potential. Fortunately, he also seems to be a bright, personable, determined young man who should be able to succeed in any area he chooses. Best wishes for good health and success in life, big guy! The whole Vol nation is pulling for you!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to DaMan:

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I'm REALLY beginning to suspect OCD, maybe even autism, in your case. Your "facts" have been refuted over and over, yet you keep posting the same garbage. You seem completely impervious to any point of view other than your own and present your own opinions as self-evident fact. That is a type of delusion every bit as serious as that of which you accuse everybody else. And finally, why did you feel you had to post this on a basketball thread?

SmokeytheVol writes:

what i dont understand is how people are saying maybe its just the flu or maybe hes just dehydrated. if the guy had no pulse when they began to revive him, it seems a little more serious than dehydration.

IBleedOrange444 writes:

Get well soon E-Man. You are in your prayers.

OrangeCrush writes:

Hmmm, I'm not a Dr and don't play one on TV, however no pulse doesn't sound good. Quick action by UT staff members may have saved his life.

Hoping and praying everything will turn out well E-Man.

eldr5#344719 writes:

That's really scary. If your heart stops then you are just seconds from dying. I just hope the young man recovers and lives a full and happy life...even if basketball is not part of it.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Praying for you Negedu.

UTultimate writes:

in response to sleiii:

Blacking out can be an all too common occurrence in the weight room when overdoing circuit training (moving directly from one weight station to another with short intervals). It is usually a result of overdoing your aerobic stress level rather than an underlying health issue. Although nothing should be ruled out, let's hope that was the case here.

Although you can black out in the weight room,it almost never leads to pulselessness. Unfortunately it's probably a serious heart condition that will prevent him from participating in any strenuous activity for the rest of his life. Hopefully I'm wrong, but the most likely cause of a sudden cardiac arrest in a healthy athlete is hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, no more athletics for him.

Count_Me_In writes:

A few of the other posters have it right. A guy who is in great shape that collapses and has his heart stop without showing any warning signs before has a heart condition. Guys with heart conditions shouldn't really play basketball, certainly not Div 1 level basketball.

I think E-Man and his family should be thankful that when the time came for his "episode", he was so close to trained medical staff. If he had just been hanging around some random place where help and an AED weren't close by, he likely would have died.

Prayers for him and his family, and hope that a degree from UT will put him in position for future success.

martinvolfan writes:

This sounds more serious than the flu my friends. My prayers are with you Emmanuel.

volgrog#210164 writes:

Am I crazy, or should former coaches and current coaches not be the topic when a kid has fortunately NOT died after his heart stopped?

Our prayers are with you Mr. Negedu.

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