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Ed Davender, the Washington Bullets’ third-round draft pick out of K

July 22, 1988

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Ed Davender, the Washington Bullets’ third-round draft pick out of Kentucky, was discharged from an Atlanta hospital on Friday, two days after complaining of chest pains and dizziness, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Davender was under the care of his personal physician and no information about tests he underwent at South Fulton Hospital was being released because of patient confidentiality, spokeswoman Kris Hansen said.

Davender was taken to the hospital on Wednesday from Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta. He was later admitted to the hospital’s coronary care unit.

Davender, a 6-foot-2 guard, was en route at the time to Lexington, having failed a physical examination at the Bullets’ rookie camp.

Davender originally was listed in stable condition on Thursday. By Friday morning, no information about his condition was being released. The Associated Press was told later Friday that Davender had been released.

Davender told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday that he planned to return to Lexington for more tests. An undefined heart problem was blamed for him failing the physical.

Dr. Michael Ray, Kentucky team physician, said Davender was going to be examined in Lexington by Dr. Anthony DeMaria, a heart specialist at the university’s Chandler Medical Center.

Davender averaged 15.7 points and four assists a game last season for a 27-6 Kentucky team. He finished his career with 1,636 points and 436 assists - the only Wildcats player ever to eclipse both 1,500 points and 400 assists.

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