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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Bradley forward returns from cardiac issue

By Diamond Leung

Bradley forward Taylor Brown has been cleared to participate in all team activities after sitting out all of last season while undergoing months of medical evaluations, the school announced Wednesday.

Brown's return gives first-year coach Geno Ford a player who as a sophomore in 2009-10 averaged 13.5 points and 6.9 rebounds. Brown would have entered last season as the team's top rebounder, but it was announced last November that he would miss the season and need cardiac testing that would require a three-month rest period for proper evaluation.

Brown had been cleared for light workouts in June after a seven months of inactivity, and now he is able to prepare for the season.

"We welcome Taylor back to the court," Ford said in a statement. "He has been through a difficult experience and we are happy that he is able to rejoin his teammates on the floor and compete for Bradley."

Brown has worked with a Bradley professor to produce a documentary entitled "90 Days," which will chronicle his year  away from the game.

It was an uncertain time because last October, the death of Bradley baseball player Phil Kaiser due to an undiagnosed heart condition caused the school to review the heath statuses of all of its athletes. Doctors determined that Brown needed additional evaluation before he was cleared.

Without one of its best players, Bradley won only 12 games and tied for last in the Missouri Valley Conference. Coach Jim Les was fired following the season, and point guard Sam Maniscalco decided to transfer to Illinois for his senior season.

That left Ford with only one of the Braves' top four scorers returning, but now after Brown sits out the team's Oct. 18 scrimmage due to a violation of team rules, he'll have the 6-foot-6 senior back in the fold.