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|Ludovic Vaty is forced to end his professional basketball career at age 24|
Ludovic Vaty, one of the up-and-coming big men of French basketball, is being forced to put a premature end to his basketball career at the age of 24, his agent announced on Thursday.
"It is with great sorrow that I announce the end of the career of Mr Ludovic Vaty because of medical reasons," Olivier Mazet wrote in a press release.
"A heart condition has been detected that makes it impossible for him to practice sport at high level."
While the diagnosis will prevent Vaty from continuing as a professional athlete, the good news is that 'his state of health is quite normal and he is not in any risk,' according to the statement.
The press release was published on the official website of Vaty's club, EuroChallenge semi-finalists BCM Gravelines Dunkerque, under the headline 'Thanks For Everything Ludo'.
The power forward/center averaged 11 points and 6.3 rebounds per night in the French Pro A as BCM finished in first place in the Regular Season and he came in third in the vote for the best French player in the league this season.
He also posted 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the EuroChallenge to propel his team to the Final Four of the competition.
"This is a terrible heartbreak for a player of 24 years of age who comes out of the best season in his career with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque, with which he participated in the EuroChallenge Final Four in 2013 and won the Leaders Cup (and the MVP award of the competition)," Mazet's statement continues.
"Such performances made him a potential candidate to the French national team for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia."
Reports in France indeed considered that Vaty was certain to get a spot on the 12-man squad of head coach Vincent Collet for the EuroBasket, especially after Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin announced he would be unavailable to play in the big event.
During the EuroChallenge Final Four in Izmir, an enthusiastic with the prospect Vaty had told fibaeurope.com that he was hoping he would get the call and would try to do his best for France should he be included in the team.
The 2.06m Vaty joined BCM in 2011, after spending two years at Orleans Loiret Basket.
He had started his professional career at Pau-Orthez in 2006, at the age of 17, and during his seven seasons in the Pro A he averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Vaty first played for France at the U16 European Championship in 2004 and then participated at the European Championships at both U18 and U20 level, as well as at the U19 World Championship in 2007.
He made nine appearances with the senior French national team, although the upcoming EuroBasket was poised to be his first full tournament with Les Bleus at the highest level.