Rotimi Alakija, a sophomore forward for the Indiana State basketball team, died yesterday after collapsing during practice in Terre Haute, Ind. He was 21.
The cause of death for Alakija, a Nigerian national, was not known. Vigo County Coroner David Ferguson said an autopsy was to be scheduled at the Indiana University Medical Center.
Alakija was admitted to the emergency room at Union Hospital in Terre Haute around 4:15 p.m. The time of death was 5:08.
Coach Ron Greene was trying to contact the player's mother and grandmother, his legal guardians, in Nigeria, and he could not be reached for comment.
"We had two drills and shot free throws and Coach Greene was talking to the players when Timi collapsed," said Jeff Bell, a team manager.
Members of the training staff immediately performed emergency treatment and the team physician was on the scene within moments, officials said. Alakija then was rushed to the hospital.
Alakija had started 18 of the 25 games for the Sycamores and averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game . . .
Temple Coach John Chaney says he plans no further disciplinary action against sophomore forward Tom Katsikis, who was arrested in New Orleans in December and subsequently suspended from the team for 32 days by Chaney.
New Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for Katsikis for failing to appear at a hearing related to his arrest on charges of public drunkenness, criminal trespass and battery. Katsikis was arrested at a Bourbon Street nightclub on Dec. 30, after the Owls won a Sugar Bowl tournament.