Published December 11. 2013 4:00AM
A heart-related health issue has forced Allan Chaney to prematurely end his college basketball career at High Point University.
Chaney, a former New London High School star, elected to stop playing after consulting with his doctors after his internal defibrillator device activated during a game late last month.
While attending Virginia Tech in 2010, he was diagnosed with an inflammatory heart disease and had a procedure to put a defibrillator in his chest. He eventually transferred to High Point in North Carolina to continue his playing career.
An All-Big South preseason first team selection, the 6-foot-9 forward started the first five games this season, averaging 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds, before being sidelined. He thanked his doctors, High Point, his coaching staff, teammates and athletic trainers in a statement released by the school.
Chaney is on track to graduate with a master's degree in the spring.
"It's great to be here," Chaney said. "Playing basketball won't be a part of my life going forward, but I'm planning on working with kids and maybe coaching at some point."
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