James Watson, a junior with the Kansas St. Wildcats men's basketball team, has seen just three minutes of game time in the past two seasons. Now his time with the team appears to be over.
According to Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle, Watson was informed on Friday that new head coach Bruce Weber would not be retaining the player for the upcoming season.
According to Watson's mother, Annette, the decision was based on health concerns. She said Watson has a heart defect that causes him to faint. He began suffering from the problem at Washington State and experienced a scary moment last season when he fainted in his Manhattan apartment and missed a practice.
Because of that health concern, and other injuries, Watson played sparingly during his first season with the Wildcats. The 6-foot-8 junior forward saw time in one game and was held scoreless. He was hoping to contribute as a senior, and was practicing well with Weber in offseason workouts, but that is no longer a possibility.
Watson plans to stay at Kansas State and will pursue a medical hardship that will allow him to retain his scholarship status.
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