JMU's James "Hanging in There"

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Juwann James was back at James Madison basketball practice Friday afternoon at the Convocation Center, but he didn't participate.

James also stayed behind as his teammates left for Saturday's game at UNC-Wilmington.

"I'm hanging in there," says James. "Trying to stay positive."

Coach Matt Brady said James had more blood work done Friday, but it was still unknown what caused the senior forward to collapse on the JMU bench during the Dukes' loss at home to Old Dominion.

"We're obviously hopeful that everything comes back negative," says Brady. "That they find nothing that they haven't already learned about him, which is that seemingly he's in good health.

"All of our concerns are really with him, and his welfare and his well-being, but it's certainly good to have him back."

"After the game, it's really nice to see him out of the hospital," says senior forward Kyle Swanston. "Any sign of him doing good is a good sign for us."

James, who missed seven games earlier this season because of the heart condition pericarditis, says he hopes to play again. But for now, he admits basketball is not his top priority.

"At this point the most important thing for me, this team, and my family, is my health," says James. "I love this game, and like I told my teammates, I want to be out there. But at the same time, I want to be healthy."


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