Clemson's Gray to begin rehab after heart attack

July 14, 1994|By Lori Van Lonkhuyzen | Lori Van Lonkhuyzen,Sun Staff Writer

Clemson junior forward Devin Gray, who suffered a heart attack three months ago, said he will begin rehabilitation to determine whether he is able to return to the court for the Tigers.

Gray, an All-Metro player at St. Frances High, suffered a heart attack April 4, caused by a clogged artery.

Gray said he will train five days a week for six weeks, with running, swimming and weightlifting. Doctors plan to gradually take him off the antibiotics he has been taking.

Clemson's team physician, Dr. Stuart Clarkson, will decide in October whether Gray will play this season. Gray said that if he does not play, he would consider redshirting, but added that he has had no trouble playing in several pickup games a day and is optimistic about his chances of returning.

"They still think it was a freak accident," Gray said. "The blood-thinners are going to take more of the risk off. . . . They said I have a very good chance to play again. It's more so a good chance of me playing again and living a healthy life than having problems later on."

Gray, 6 feet 6, led the Atlantic Coast Conference in field-goal percentage last season and averaged 14.4 points, more than twice as many as any other returning Tiger.

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