UK Men's Basketball

Mother expects UK's Harris to play

Kentucky wing Ramon Harris attended the UK women's game against LSU on Sunday. Besides watching the action, he also signed autographs.

That suggested no serious aftereffects from his fainting spell at halftime of Kentucky's game at Alabama on Saturday.

The school issued a release on Sunday saying Harris had suffered "no further complications" from the incident. He did not participate in Sunday's practice, UK said.

His status for Tuesday's game at Ole Miss will be determined after Harris undergoes further testing on Monday, UK said.

His mother expected Harris to be available to play against the Rebels.

"I think he's going to be fine for Tuesday," Carmen Bowles said Sunday. "They didn't tell us anything (to suggest otherwise)."

Harris played seven minutes at Alabama. He scored one point, which lowered his average to 6.0 points.

Bowles did not attend UK's game at Alabama. She works every other Saturday, and last Saturday was a day on the job.

Harris' mother said she watched the first half, then went back to work during halftime.

When she came back to the television for the second half, she learned something was wrong.

"All I heard was that there was a player who collapsed," Bowles said. "After that, I was scanning the huddle. When (the announcers) used the word 'collapse,' it makes you think of something worse.

"Then I realized, oh, boy, that's Ramon."

Even while watching the first half, Harris' mother sensed something was wrong. "I thought he was playing kind of odd," she said. "You just know your kid and how he plays."

Bowles was under the impression that "a bug or something" caused the fainting spell.

It wasn't the first medical problem requiring hospitalization for Harris this season. He suffered a neck injury in a nasty head-to-head collision with teammate Michael Porter during the Lamar game on Dec. 3. Medical personnel had to carry Harris off the court on a stretcher.

"Oh my goodness," Bowles said when reminded of the earlier incident. "I am just ready for them to play well and move on."

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