Today’s scheduled big in-state men’s basketball game against BYU is suddenly not that important to Utah State.
The Aggies’ thoughts are all centered on teammate Danny Berger. The 22-year-old junior from Medford, Ore., collapsed at practice Tuesday afternoon at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. He had to be revived before being transported to Logan Regional Hospital.
Later Tuesday evening, USU released a statement: “Utah State men's basketball student-athlete Danny Berger had a serious medial situation during practice Tuesday afternoon and was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.
“Berger was tended to on the court by the USU athletic training staff, CPR was performed and the AED was used on him until ambulance personnel arrived. Berger is currently in stable, but critical condition. Tests and evaluations are ongoing and further information will be released when available.”
It is not clear how long he was in Logan before being flown by helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.
Members of the Aggie coaching staff were with Berger at the hospital.
Several sources have told The Herald Journal a defibrillator was used to resuscitate Berger at the Spectrum. The rest of the USU players and coaching staff were visibly shaken and in “total shock.”
The team was scheduled to leave for Provo after the practice in preparation for a game against BYU. The team did not depart Logan and some members of the team have said — via Twitter — they were on their way to visit Berger in Murray on Tuesday evening.
The status of the game scheduled for this evening with the Cougars is still up in the air. One source has told The Herald Journal the game will not be played tonight.
Well-wishes were being sent on Twitter and Facebook by many Aggie athletes and fans as word spread.
Berger, a 6-foot-6 forward, has started all five games this season for USU. The junior was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and playing more than 22 minutes each outing.
Last season Berger saw action in 31 games, starting five. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in almost 26 minutes per game.
Originally, Berger was going to redshirt after returning from an LDS Church mission in August of 2011. The Aggies decided they needed him to play, and Berger became a big part of the team that reached the CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship.
Before serving a mission, Berger spent a season at Chemeketa (Ore.) Community College.