UConn forward Isaiah Whaley faints after game, Hurley says he’s OK

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It was a chaotic scene in front of the UConn bench as the Huskies completed a 115-109 double-overtime victory over Auburn in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

UConn forward Isaiah Whaley fell to the floor as he stood up as time expired. Surround by players and coaches, Whaley lay motionless in front of the bench.

Medical staff were immediately called to the bench as players and coaches surrounded Whaley. He soon stood and walked off the court.

UConn coach Dan Hurley said after during his postgame press conference that Whaley fainted because he stood up too quickly. It was unclear if there was any other factor, such as dehydration or fatigue. The UConn team account tweeted after the game confirming that Whaley fainted, “but is doing okay now.”

Whaley, a fifth-year senior, played 43 minutes, fouling out with 22 seconds left. He had two points and seven rebounds.

The scene led to speculation on social media after ESPN cut away just as Whaley could be seen on the floor with UConn personnel waving for help. A Hearst Connecticut reporter at the scene said the team left the court, with Whaley, celebrating after the incident.

Karl Ravech, who was doing play-by-play for ESPN, tweeted later that he had spoken with Whaley.

“He said he was dehydrated after that game but he feels fine now and plans to play tomorrow,” Ravech stated. “He was smiling and joking about how long and tough a game that was.”