LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Utah State Director of Athletics Scott Barnes and USU team physician Dr. Trek Lyons addressed the media Wednesday evening, updating the status of men's basketball student-athlete Danny Berger.
Berger, a junior forward from Medford, Ore., is still in critical condition at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. According to Lyons, Berger is awake and alert, and he has been able to communicate with medical personnel and his family.
“Our heartfelt prayers go out to Danny, his family, teammates and coaches as they have been most affected by this tragic event. His coaches and teammates have been by his side the entire time, and I know that means a great deal to him,” Barnes said.
Berger had a serious medical situation during practice Tuesday afternoon and was tended to on the court by USU Assistant Athletic Trainer Mike Williams. CPR was performed and the AED (automated external defibrillator) was used on him until ambulance personnel arrived. Intermountain Medical Center personnel is continuing to conduct tests and evaluations on Berger, and more information will be released when available.
“Our players, staff and coaches are extremely emotional and optimistic about Danny’s health situation," said USU head coach Stew Morrill. "He feels our love!”
Wednesday night's scheduled game at BYU was postponed and a make-up date will be announced at a later date.
Utah State is scheduled to return to action on Saturday, Dec. 8 when it hosts Western Oregon in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m. Barnes addressed the upcoming game and anticipates that it will go on as scheduled.