300-pound sophomore collapsed lifting weights

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Valparaiso center Kenny Harris remained
unconscious and in critical condition Monday, a week after he
collapsed while lifting weights.

The 6-foot-10, 300-pound sophomore had battled weight and health
problems since he came to Valparaiso from nearby Griffith High
School in 2003, when he was an Indiana All-Star and runner-up for
the state's Mr. Basketball award.

He was in the university athletic center weight room when he
collapsed during a supervised workout April 11.

"Mr. Harris has not regained consciousness, and this is cause
for concern," said Andrew J. Snyder, a spokesman at Porter
hospital. "However, the results of recent preliminary neurological
tests are favorable."

The hospital, citing federal privacy regulations, wouldn't
release any other information about the nature of Harris' ailment.

His weight ballooned to more than 400 pounds by the time he
started his freshman year. He was listed on last season's team
roster at 310 pounds. He also has had operations on his gall
bladder and for a herniated disc.

Harris averaged nine points and five rebounds in 11 games last
season as the Crusaders went 15-15.