Shock as top-ranked NJ athlete collapses during game
A Roselle Catholic basketball player who is one of the top-ranked high school juniors in the country collapsed on the court Sunday afternoon during a game in Long Island.
The crowd went silent after the 6-foot-8 junior forward Tarik Watson fell to the floor in the second quarter of a game against Long Island Lutheran in Brookville, New York, according to Newsday.
Luterhan assistant athletic director Todd Huebner told Newsday that Watson lost consciousness for a moment but recovered. He raised his arm and gave the crowd a thumbs-up as he was taken out of the gym on a stretcher.
NYCHoops.net reported Lutheran coach John Buck led the crowd in prayer before the game was canceled.
The basketball recruiting site Rivals.com ranks Watson at #102 among juniors with offers received from Creighton, Georgetown and Providence.
Maria Margiotta, a spokeswoman for the Newark Archdiocese, which includes Roselle Catholic, confirmed Watson was hospitalized but had no additional comment or details Monday morning.
Other collapses by New Jersey high school athletes
Several New Jersey high school athletes have collapsed during games during the past several months.
A 15-year-old basketball player for the Saint James School of Basking Ridge went into cardiac arrest and collapsed during a game at Hillsborough High School on Jan. 6. Three Hillsborough police officers administered CPR and revived him after one shock with a defibrillator.
A ninth-grade student athlete collapsed during practice at Warren Hills Regional High School in September. He was flown to Morristown Medical Center.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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