PEORIA, Ill. - Bradley men's basketball junior forward Taylor Brown (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody H.S.), a preseason honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, will miss the 2010-11 season for precautionary medical reasons, ninth-year head coach Jim Les announced today. Brown requires cardiac testing that necessitates a three-month rest period for proper evaluation.
"Our number one priority right now is Taylor's long-term health," said Les. "Upon the completion of some preliminary cardiac testing, doctors have indicated he needs three months without athletic activity before they can conduct a further evaluation. Our thoughts, prayers and support will be with Taylor as he awaits those results."
An additional review of the health status of all Bradley student-athletes was conducted following the recent death of Braves baseball player Philip Kaiser Jr. As a result, Brown underwent a series of tests during the past week. Doctors determined that additional evaluation is necessary before he may be cleared to resume athletic activity.
"I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play basketball this year," said Brown. "I will, however, support and motivate my teammates from the sidelines."
"Taylor's health is our priority at this time," said Taylor's father Rick Brown. "We love our son very much and trust that God has a plan for Taylor."
The Braves will open their 107th men's basketball season Friday at 8:05 p.m. when they host Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first round of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Carver Arena.