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San Diego State Basketball: Dwayne Polee II attends practice, not yet cleared for basketball activity

The senior watched practice with basketball in hand and will not play in at least SDSU's next two games.

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San Diego State senior forward Dwayne Polee II attended team practice Friday night as a spectator, watching from the sidelines with basketball in hand, according to the U-T San Diego's Mark Zeigler.

The school sent out an email this morning saying it will announce a decision regarding Polee's future tonight at 5 p.m. PT.

Last night marked the first time the Aztecs stepped in Viejas Arena since the ill-fated Dec. 22 game against UC Riverside that will forever be remembered as the game Polee collapsed while defending in the first half, appeared to momentarily lose consciousness, and was carted off the court and immediately taken to a nearby hospital.

Polee was released from the hospital the following day to wait for test results. At that point, an SDSU spokesperson said Polee was cleared to resume normal activity, but not basketball activity.

That hasn't changed, according to Zeigler.

Zeigler wrote that Steve Fisher said Polee will not play tonight against San Diego Christian College and Dec. 31 in the Mountain West opener against the Air Force Falcons.

"I'm not even worried about the basketball part yet," Fisher said to Zeigler. "We're so thankful that he's able to be here with us ... I don't think there is a timetable, but I would say more on the longer end."

SDSU loses its 2013-14 Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year for the foreseeable future. That means freshman Kevin Zabo, sophomores Dakarai Allen and D'Erryl Williams, redshirt-sophomore Matt Shrigley, and junior Angelo Chol will form Fisher's bench for this game and at least the beginning of conference play.

So who will become that sixth man? Who will become that leader of the second unit? Allen has shown some incredible defensive skills this year, but his offensive game is hardly a threat. Williams and Zabo share back-up point guard duties, with Williams as the better defender and Zabo the better scorer. Shrigley is an experienced veteran and is supposed to be the team's sharpshooter, but his 25-percent clip from long range says otherwise. Chol is a dominant force on both sides of the ball, but he struggles to stay out of early foul trouble.