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CRAWFORD | Former Louisville star Kuric to undergo brain surgery in Spain

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A photo posted by Kyle Kuric's professional team in Spain. A photo posted by Kyle Kuric's professional team in Spain.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Former University of Louisville guard Kyle Kuric will undergo surgery for a brain tumor, his team in Spain announced Tuesday.

Kuric was suffering from a migraine, a release from the team said, and subsequent tests revealed a condition known as meningioma, denoting a tumor or series of tumors surrounding the membranous layers around the central nervous system.

While the tumors are often benign, their location is troublesome.

Kuric will undergo surgery in a hospital in Barcelona. His team, Herbalife Gran Canaria, for whom he has played since 2014, has asked its fans and fellow players in the league for prayers and support.

As word spread on social media this afternoon, former Louisville teammates expressed their well-wishes. Former Cardinal Russ Smith Tweeted, "Please keep my teammate, brother and friend Kyle Kuric in your thoughts."

His team, in a statement, said, "Kyle Kuric has become a player loved by the fans of Gran Canaria and in the world of basketball in general."

Kuric was one of the most popular Louisville players in recent memory, and was the star of one of the program’s iconic games — its final game in Freedom Hall. He helped the Cardinals to a Final Four in2012 before graduating. 

He gave up his scholarship for his senior season to make room for another player, and established a charity for children in Louisville, Kyle’s Korner For Kids, which for four years has collected toys for hospitalized children in the region. He took the idea with him to Spain, where he has done the same for children in Madrid.

Kuric married Taraneh Momeni in the summer of 2013, and the couple welcomed the birth of twins in August.

The school said it had not been notified of Kuric’s condition, having only heard about the release from his team in Spain this afternoon.

Pitino last mentioned Kuric on Oct. 2, saying that the former Cardinal was one of the first to reach out to him when recent allegations about the program became public.

Kuric is a native of Evansville, Ind. His father is a neurosurgeon.

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