TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ Arizona State basketball player Justin Allen has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.

School officials said Friday that the disease was detected early in the stage two phase and Allen was expected to begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments next week.

The 6-foot-7 player from Malta, Ill., was checked by team doctors after an unexplained weight loss earlier this month. A biopsy of the lower abdomen detected the lymphoma on Sept. 20.

``I am confident that through the proper treatments that I can be back on the court next year,'' said Allen, who will redshirt this season.

``He's a tough kid who is handling this in a great way, which is a great inspiration to us all,'' Sun Devils coach Rob Evans said.

Arizona State, 19-13 last year, begins preseason practice Oct. 14 and opens its season Nov. 10 against Tulsa in the NABC Classic in North Carolina.