– University of Massachusetts graduate transfer Jaylen Brantley
will miss the 2017-18 men's basketball season as announced by head coach Matt McCall
. During the medical screening process that is part of UMass' standard student-athlete protocol, a previously undiagnosed heart condition for Brantley was detected.
"First and foremost, we are thankful that this condition of Jaylen's was detected and that he is healthy. While he is not going to be cleared for basketball-related activities, he can live a normal lifestyle which is a blessing for him and his family," said McCall. "We will continue to honor Jaylen's scholarship so that he can further his education and be a part of the men's basketball program in a leadership role."
"While knowing my basketball career will be over, the fact that I will be able to live a healthy, normal lifestyle does give me peace of mind," said Brantley. "This has been a hard process, but I am thankful for the support and guidance of Coach McCall, the medical staff at UMass, my teammates, my mother and my family. It's certainly a difficult diagnosis to receive, but there is so much I want to do in life and knowing this early will help me in the long term. I thank God that this condition was detected and may have saved my life and, for that, I will be forever grateful."
The heart condition was detected by an electrocardiogram (EKG) test. Though not necessarily a standard test at other institutions, it is part of UMass' initial physical screening protocol for incoming student-athletes.
Brantley transferred to UMass to pursue a graduate degree in continuing education after playing two years at Maryland. The Springfield, Mass., native earned his undergraduate degree over the 2017 summer and played in 65 games for the Terps.