JOHNSON CITY — This was supposed to be an exciting time of the year for Ron Giplaye as he prepared to makes his debut for the East Tennessee State basketball team after sitting out an entire season.
Instead, real life has interrupted and Giplaye finds himself sitting and watching once again.
Giplaye underwent open-heart surgery in August after being diagnosed with what ETSU called a congenital cardiac abnormality. Considering he sat out last year after transferring from Providence of the Big East Conference, and Giplaye hasn’t played a meaningful basketball game in a long time.
“It’s tough,” Giplaye says. “I want to play.”
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