UPDATED: Basketball player remains in critical condition, game postponed

5:30 p.m. Danny Berger remains in critical condition amid positive reports that the former North Medford basketball player has been awake and is responding the way doctors want him to at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.

Berger, a junior forward for Utah State, collapsed and stopped breathing during practice Tuesday and had to be revived with a defibrillator.

In a news conference this afternoon, Berger's older brother John praised the efforts of Utah State trainer Mike Williams and his staff for keeping the 22-year-old alive in the moments after his heart stopped, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. Hospital spokesman Jess Gomez said by having a defibrillator on hand for when Berger went into cardiac arrest, the ability to restart his heart likely saved his life.

Cause for the collapse has yet to be determined and the main focus continues to be on stabilizing Berger, who is still in intensive care.

Utah State announced earlier in the day that its game with BYU had been postponed indefinitely. Berger has averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in helping the Aggies open with a 4-1 record.

— Kris Henry

3:45 p.m. A Utah State basketball player who collapsed at practice and had to be revived after he stopped breathing is waking up and responding the way “doctors want him to,” his brother said today, although the player remains in critical condition.

“As of right now, things are looking good,” John Berger, the older brother of Utah State forward Danny Berger, said in a statement he read to reporters at Intermountain Medical Center in a Salt Lake City suburb.

Hospital spokesman Jess Gomez said Danny Berger remained in critical condition this afternoon.

Doctors still don't know what caused Berger, 22, to collapse on the court during a practice Tuesday in Logan, Gomez said.

A team of doctors — including cardiologists, pulmonologists and trauma specialists — is running tests on Berger in the hospital's intensive care unit. After being taken to a hospital in Logan, Berger was flown by helicopter Tuesday night to the regional trauma center.

Gomez and the Berger family credited Utah State's training staff with saving Berger's life. They performed CPR on Berger and used a defibrillator on him. Berger was in cardiac arrest on the court, Gomez said.

John Berger said the family has received well wishes and prayers from around the country. “I know that you have made a difference in keeping my brother alive,” he said.

Some of Berger's teammates made the 90-mile trip to support him at the hospital, but they have not been allowed into his room, Gomez said.

— Associated Press

9:55 a.m. LOGAN, Utah — Athletic officials from Brigham Young and Utah State have decided to postpone tonight's men's basketball game due to the critical medical condition of USU player Danny Berger, a former North Medford High standout.

The announcement was made this morning.

Berger collapsed and stopped breathing during practice Tuesday at the school and had to be revived with a defibrillator. The Associated Press reported that he remained in critical condition this morning at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Tests and evaluations are ongoing.

Berger is a junior starting forward for the 4-1 Aggies. He graduated from North Medford in 2008 as the school's single-season record holder for scoring and 3-pointers.

No reschedule date for tonight's game has been set.

— Tim Trower

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