Men’s Basketball’s Bunting Suffers Stroke, Out for Season


Fordham senior Jesse Bunting will miss the rest of the season after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

By Jimmy Sullivan

Senior Jesse Bunting of Fordham Men’s Basketball suffered a minor stroke on Monday and will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

According to a Fordham Athletics press release, Bunting is currently “resting comfortably” at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Initially, Bunting’s stroke was first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein and later confirmed on Wednesday by Fordham head coach Jeff Neubauer. Additionally, Rothstein reported that the Fordham senior was in “stable condition.”

Fordham Men’s Basketball has had a tough season. The team is currently in last in the Atlantic 10 with just two conference wins, and each loss has seemingly been more disappointing than the last.

This week, though, all of those issues were pushed to the side.

Bunting came back to play in all but one game this season after missing all but five games last season due to an injury. He is currently second on the team in rebounds with just over five per game and is averaging about six-and-a-half points per game. Bunting is also a leader in the locker room, serving as one of just two active seniors on the current roster, the other being Chris Downing.

The team is honoring its graduating players on senior night tonight against George Washington at 7 p.m. The Rams plan to wear special “Play for Jesse” t-shirts during warm-ups.

The news comes as a blow for Fordham, who has lost its last four games and is coming off a 25-point blowout loss to Davidson College. Bunting was a stabilizing presence in the paint for Fordham, and his absence will force freshman Onyi Eyisi and Downing into additional duty.

Fordham will have to push ahead without one of its senior leaders. As of this article being published, Bunting is still in the hospital.

This article will be updated with more information as it becomes available.