Deion James likely to miss rest of season due to heart infection

WSU Athletic Communications

In a Tuesday press conference with the media, we learned from WSU Head Coach Kyle Smith that grad transfer forward Deion James had a scare in last Monday's loss to Nebraska when James passed out during the game.

Today, James announced via Twitter that he has been diagnosed with a heart infection called Myocarditis, which he expects will keep him out of action on the court for 3-6 months.

While the health of James is the obvious priority, his loss will impact the depth up front for the Cougs on the court. A 6'8" Senior, the Colorado State transfer was one of few upperclassmen with size on the WSU roster, and the team Coach Smith will now be forced to rely more heavily on former University of Montana and Seattle Pacific forward Tony Miller, who has seen season highs in minutes since James' departure including 13 minutes in the win over Old Dominion and 12 minutes in last week's loss to CSU.

Miller was highly efficient against Colorado State, contributing 10 points and three steals in the losing effort. 7'1" Ukrainian freshman Volodymyr Markovetskyy has seen his usage ramp up of late as well, registering 10 minutes against ODU and nine vs. CSU.

The Cougars will cross state lines tonight as they visit the University of Idaho Vandals at 7:00pm. The game will be televised locally on SWX.

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