Former New London High School basketball great Allan Chaney may have an opportunity to finish collegiate career on the court ... and not as a courtside spectator.
The 6-foot-9 Chaney, who was diagnosed with a heart inflammation disease called viral myocarditis after collapsing during an offseason workout at Virginia Tech last August, told the Baltimore Sun he will attend Division I High Point University in North Carolina.
"I appreciate everyone that has helped me through this process and I am hyped to play at High Point," said Chaney in an e-mail to the Sun. "The coaches on the team are just as happy as I am about me coming to HPU."
Chaney, who began is college career at Florida before transferring to Virginia Tech, was never cleared to play for the Hokies despite having surgery to implant a backup defibrillator in his chest.
The Sun said Chaney has applied for a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA, which would give him one more year of eligibility, and is awaiting a decision. Since he graduated from Virgina Tech in the spring, he would be eligibile to play immediately as a graduate transfer.
Chaney also told the Sun, "I have been working out this whole summer and playing basketball with no problems. I took all the correct steps to getting back to playing. ... The defibrillator is just for insurance."
- Day Staff Reports