Holloway recovering after open heart surgery

University of Louisville freshman center Clarence Holloway is recovering in Jewish Hospital after having open heart surgery Saturday morning to repair the wall of his aorta and his aortic valve.

University of Louisville freshman center Clarence Holloway is recovering in Jewish Hospital after having open heart surgery Saturday morning to repair the wall of his aorta and his aortic valve.

During a routine physical examination on Friday, Holloway was admitted to the hospital after an echocardiogram detected the heart condition. Dr. Brian Ganzel performed the surgery at Jewish Hospital.

Holloway is enrolled at U of L but has not been working out with the Cardinals while he awaits initial eligibility approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse. He will be sidelined for the entire 2007-08 season, but doctors are optimistic he will be able to return to the court in time.

"We're so pleased that Clarence came out of his surgery well and so thankful that we have the exemplary medical care that basically saved this young man's life," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "We're elated that this was caught at a very dangerous stage in his life and that the operation was successful. We look forward to Clarence having a full, healthy recovery and be able to play next season."

A 7-1 center from Chicago, Holloway played last season in prep school for the Chicago Boys to Men Math and English Academy. He had previously signed with the Cardinals prior to his senior year at Harlan High School in Chicago, where he averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds as a senior in 2004-05. Following his senior year at Harlan, Holloway spent time at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and was an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft before removing his name from consideration. Rated 10th nationally among fifth year players by The Hoop Scoop.


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