Emmanuel Negedu's best shot at returning to big-time college basketball could be at Indiana.
The former Tennessee forward visited the Big Ten school last weekend and is waiting for a call back.
"I took my visit to Indiana and everything is going in a good direction,'' said Negedu, who has three years of eligibility left. "Now, I'm just waiting.''
Negedu had an ICD (Internal Cardiac Defibrillator) implanted in his chest after a Sept. 28 cardiac event on UT's indoor football practice field that required him to be revived.
The 6-foot-7, 225-pounder from Kaduna, Nigeria, announced at the Volscars athletics awards ceremony on April 12 that he had been cleared by doctors and hoped to continue his career at UT.
UT athletic director Mike Hamilton, however, announced the following day that the school would not clear him to return to action for the Vols.
Negedu said he is disappointed, but he will honor the UT administration's decision and is intent on maintaining a strong relationship with the school.
UT coach Bruce Pearl said he talked to Negedu about succeeding in other facets of life, but Negedu is intent on returning to basketball.
After investigating his condition and talking to others who have experienced the same condition, Negedu remains determined to play basketball again.
Indiana was a logical first choice, as he played four years of AAU basketball for the Indiana Elite based in Bloomington, Ind., and was recruited by the Hoosiers.
Mark Adams was his AAU coach and his first guardian when he came to America as a freshman in high school.
Adams also is the founder and president of A-Hope (African Hoop Opportunities, Providing and Education) Foundation, which helped Negedu come to the United States.
Negedu attended the Brewster Academy for high school in New Hampshire, but he spent his summers and school breaks back in Bloomington.
Drew Adams is Mark Adams son, and is now the new director of basketball operations and coordinator of media at Indiana after serving as the coordinator of basketball systems last season.
Prior to Indiana, Drew Adams was the basketball manager at Tennessee the previous two seasons.
UT assistant coach Steve Forbes, who recruited Negedu, said he'll support whatever decision the 21-year-old ends up making.
"It's Emmanuel's decision; he's a grown man, and if he wants to play basketball, it's his decision,'' Forbes said. "I'm not a doctor. If he wants to play, it's his right to play
"We'll support him in that endeavor, and if he can't find a place to play, he knows he can come back here and finish his degree on scholarship.''