Friday, January 10, 2014

JMU's Evans coming home for kidney transplant

Former James Madison point guard Dawn Evans will leave France to undergo surgery in the United States, according to a statement released Friday afternoon by Jean-Louis Monneret, president of the French club Arras. Evans had been playing basketball for the French club for the last two seasons.

"Dawn called me to tell me she had just had the results of (her) final exams and they were not good,''  Monneret said. "Of course, I told her she would not play against Lyon ( Friday night). ... We were well aware that it could happen, and she herself knew it would happen one day. But Dawn(wants) neither pity nor misery,  and personally, I insist that there is no criticism, either. I have a deep admiration for this girl over her career. I hope she can go back to Arras."

Evans, 24, is averaging a team-high 14.7 ppg for Arras. She also spent time with the Connecticut and Los Angeles WNBA teams. She had just returned to France on Jan. 7 after a holiday break.

The 2012 CAA Player of the Year suffers from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis,  a disease that has the effect of altering kidney filtration. Former NBA player Alonzo Mourning suffers from the same disease and returned to the court after a transplant.

LadySwish wishes Dawn the speediest of recoveries.

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