OXFORD, MISS– An Ole Miss basketball player is recovering after having a seizure in the middle of the game Tuesday night.
Senior Rasheed Brooks collapsed from a seizure during a timeout with 17:21 remaining in the second half and was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He is listed as stable and undergoing further testing, according to Ole Miss athletics.
“He’s stable right now, he’s in the hospital,” said Coach Andy Kennedy told media following the game. “He’s stable, he’s conscious, and he doesn’t remember anything that transpired.”
Coach Kennedy said everything happened quickly.
“I was literally just talking to him, and I turned my back,” said the coach. “And I thought he had a back cramp.. he started contorting.. and when he rolled over we could see that he was in a full blown seizure.”
Following the game, the team went to the hospital to visit their teammate.
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Richard Cross with Head to Head on SuperTalk Mississippi witnessed the seizure.
“They were all gathered, there was about 16 or 17 minutes left in the game,” said Cross. “All of a sudden, there was a flurry of activity.”
Cross said a stretcher was brought out to the floor and first responders went to work before he could even make out that it was Brooks who was down.
“If you’ve ever seen a seizure in person,” said Cross. “I’m not so convinced that a seizure is not worse for the people watching it than the person going with it.”
Ole Miss went on to beat Tennessee 80-69.
Here’s the full press conference with Coach Kennedy: