If you’ve followed Virginia Tech basketball, you probably know the story of Allan Chaney. Chaney transferred from Florida to Virginia Tech following the 2008-09 season, but collapsed during an off-season workout in 2010. As it turns out, Chaney suffered from viral myocarditis, a heart disease that results in scarring around the heart and inflammation of the organ.
Because of the viral myocarditis, Chaney was never cleared to play at Virginia Tech by team doctors despite getting cleared in January by doctors in Pennsylvania. Chaney had to get a defibrillator installed, and it was that defibrillator that worried Virginia Tech doctors. They felt the risk was too large for Allan, and so they refused to clear him to play.
Last night though, Chaney revealed that he would finally be playing basketball again at the collegiate level. He tweeted the following:
“I will be going to High Point University!
“Thanks to all my VTech fans! I am a Hokie forever! Things happen for a reason and I promise I will make the most of this opportunity on and”
“Off the court! I love this game and I love school! Can’t wait to be coached again! Grad school is goin to be a Bi@&$ though.”
“Coach Greenberg, Coach James Johnson, Coach Jackson,Dr. Bennett, Katie Cross, Irene Leech and I could go on and on! All my Teammates too!”
–Allan Chaney, Former Virginia Tech Power Forward
I am so happy that Allan Chaney is going to get a chance to play collegiate basketball. Chaney has been a wonderful student athlete for Virginia Tech despite never seeing the floor while in Blacksburg. He is a great kid and has been a wonderful ambassador for Virginia Tech.
Chaney will officially be the only Division I basketball player to play with a defibrillator in his chest. His situation is certainly unique, but Chaney is a quality basketball player and people need to remember that. He was highly touted at Florida, and he could have been a starter at Virginia Tech if he was cleared to play. Unfortunately none of that panned out for Chaney, but he will finally get his chance at High Point University.
We all wish Allan Chaney the best at High Point, and we wish him much success down there. The saying is this: “Once a Hokie, always a Hokie.” Well that saying is very applicable to this situation – Allan Chaney will always be a part of the Virginia Tech family, and I really think he has the tools to succeed at the college level.