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Baylor junior center Jo Acuil will be held out of basketball practice and game competition the next eight weeks while undergoing medical testing for potential heart issues.

Baylor officials had no further comment on why the testing is needed for the 7-foot Acuil.

“Jo’s health is of first and foremost importance,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “He had really improved this summer and fall, not only on the court but also in the weight room. He had progressed nicely.”

Acuil transferred to Baylor from Neosho County (Kan.) Community College where he averaged 20.1 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.7 blocks as a sophomore. He’s a native of Sudan who moved to Australia as a child.

“Jo is a great teammate and you can’t replace a 7-footer who blocks a lot of shots and alters a lot of shots,” Drew said. “His shot blocking and offensive skill set will be missed.”

Acuil is the second recruit in Baylor’s 2015 class who has dealt with a heart issue. Freshman guard King McClure was told by a doctor in June that he couldn’t play college basketball due to a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy that affects the heart muscle.

But after getting a second opinion, McClure was cleared to play after a doctor determined that the chance of a life threatening episode on the court was extremely low.

Baylor opens the season against Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 13 at the Ferrell Center.

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