Dwayne Polee II Collapses: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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San Diego State’s Dwayne Polee lies on the ground after collapsing December 22 against UC Riverside. (Getty)

San Diego State basketball player Dwayne Polee II was hospitalized Monday night after collapsing during the Aztecs’ game against UC Riverside.

Here’s what we know so far:


1. Polee Was Down for More Than 10 Minutes After Collapsing

Polee, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, collapsed mid-way through the first half while playing defense. You can watch video of the play above.

He was down on the court for more than 10 minutes as paramedics tended to him. Polee’s father, Dwayne Polee Sr., and mother, came onto the court to be with him as he was receiving treatmnet.


2. Polee Waved to the Crowd As He Was Being Carted Off the Floor

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EMTs tend to San Diego State’s Dwayne Polee after Polee collapsed December 22 against UC Riverside. (Getty)

Polee waved to the crowd as he was being carted off on a gurney. An SDSU spokesman told the San Diego Union Tribune’s Mark Zeigler that Polee was “completely responsive” and talking to paramedics while receiving treatment.

From Zeigler’s report:

Paramedics responded quickly, lifting Polee’s jersey and attaching monitoring equipment to his chest. After about 15 minutes on the floor, he was lifted onto a yellow gurney and taken through the tunnel to an ambulance. His teammates came off the bench to console him as he left.


3. Polee Was Alert When He Left the Arena

SDSU said Polee was alert when he left the arena. The school said he was being taken to a local hospital.


4. It’s Not Clear What Triggered the Collapse

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EMTs tend to San Diego State’s Dwayne Polee after Polee collapsed December 22 against UC Riverside. (Getty)

It’s not clear what triggered the collapse. The Sporting News’ Dane Carbaugh was among those who described the incident as an “apparent seizure.” But the school hasn’t commented on the nature of Polee’s condition.


5. Polee Was the Mountain West 6th Man of the Year Last Year

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Dwayne Polee helped lead San Diego State to the Sweet 16 as a junior in 2013-14. (Getty)

Polee, a senior from Los Angeles, transferred to SDSU after playing one year at St. John’s in 2010-11. He’s played an increasingly big role over the past two years in San Diego and was named Mountain West conference Sixth Man of the Year last year after averaging 8.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game off the bench.

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