The athletic training staff at U-High provided Bates-Diop with immediate attention following the event.
“We appreciate all the well wishes and prayers from friends and family — and so many others. Kai is a remarkable young man and he feels blessed to have the support and love of so many to carry on with his wonderful life,” said Bates-Diop’s parents Richard and Wilma in a statement.
Bates-Diop is the younger brother of Keita Bates-Diop, who is a standout at Ohio State.
Normal U-High standout sophomore Kai Bates-Diop collapsed during practice on Thursday from a “cardiac event”, and is recovering in a Peoria hospital.