USC coach Andy Enfield shares update on Vince Iwuchukwu after major health scare
Last week CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander reported that freshman USC forward Vince Iwuchkwu suffered major heart failure and collapsed during an informal team practice on July 1 of this year, an incident that required him to remain hospitalized for several days.
Since, USC has withheld the former 5-star recruit from all basketball-related activities. USC coach Andy Enfield said earlier this week that Iwuchkwu is doing well.
“The process has to play itself out, but he’s doing as well as he could right now,” Enfield said, according to The L.A. Times’ Ben Bolch.
USC coach Andy Enfield on freshman Vince Iwuchukwu, who collapsed during a summer workout and is awaiting clearance to return: “The process has to play itself out, but he’s doing as well as he could right now, so I think everybody should just root him on and be very hopeful.”
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) October 4, 2022
A 7-foot center from Castaic (Calif.) Southern California Academy, Iwuchukwu signed with the Trojans back in November of last year. He was a 5-star prospect in the 2022 class and the 24th-ranked recruit in the country. With both forwards from last season’s team moving on — Chevez Goodwin and Isaiah Mobley — Iwuchukwu was expected to play a significant role for the Trojans in his first season with the program.
But the health scare has significantly altered plans.
Still, according to Bolch, Iwuchukwu is riding a bike and comes to every USC practice at the Galen Center. While speaking at the Southern California Coaches Tip-off Luncheon inside the Los Angeles Athletic Club, Enfield said Iwuchukwu continues to be evaluated with hopes of being cleared to rejoin the team.
USC begins its season on Nov. 7.