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Purdue player forced to retire due to heart condition

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The fledgling career of Jay Simpson has come to a premature end.

The Purdue forward has been forced to retire after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyotrophy - a condition that has been cited as the cause of death for a number of basketball players including Reggie Lewis and Hank Gathers.

Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter was quick to praise the player, and the work of medical staff, in an official release:

"You never want to see a young athlete's career end in a fashion like this. Jay had a very bright future in our program and we are disappointed that he will not be able to continue his basketball career.

"We are very fortunate that our doctors were able to detect this condition early, which will enable Jay to live a long and healthy life."

The condition, commonly known as HMC, is a disease which affects the heart muscle, causing it to enlarge.

Simpson was a four-star ranked prospect when recruited by Purdue and had averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in this his second season with the school.

His last appearance in college basketball came against Indiana in an 82-64 win on February 15

Unfortunately for Simpson this brings to an end any hopes of following a career in basketball, but as coach Painter relayed, it is a credit to medical staff that the condition was diagnosed early enough to take the appropriate cautions. 

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