LOS ANGELES — The personal trials for Colorado men's basketball freshman Evan Battey have grown deeper and far more frightening.

Over the holiday break, Battey suffered a significant medical emergency that, for the time being, leaves his basketball future in limbo.

Battey is going through a number of medical tests to determine if he suffered a type of stroke, seizure, or some other affliction. A native of View Park in southern California, Battey was allowed to remain at home during the semester break since he is redshirting this season. He suffered the medical emergency shortly after Christmas. Battey visited his teammates Wednesday night during the Buffaloes' game at USC and still was dealing with nerve issues in his facial muscles.

The setback is the latest hurdle for the gregarious 6-foot-8 forward. During the preseason, Battey was ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA because he was forced to repeat his freshman year of high school five years ago. That same issue also kept Battey on the sideline last year for what was supposed to be his senior season in high school.

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle previously has said Battey likely would have been a key part of the rotation this season had he not been ruled ineligible. Battey still has his full four years of eligibility remaining, but his basketball future will not be clarified until the results of his ongoing medical tests are finalized.


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Battey averaged 24 points during his junior year of high school and was ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the state of California by ESPN. He remained with his Villa Park High School team while on the sideline last year and served as an unofficial assistant coach, eventually winning the 2017 Athlete of Character award from the Orange County Athletic Directors Association.

Battey is expected to return to Boulder over the weekend and be in attendance when classes resume Tuesday.

Pat Rooney: rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07