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Sometimes in life dreams can be just that, there and gone in a flash.

With just three year's playing experience, Tyson Jolly's basketball career sky rocketed as a Putnam City West High School junior.

Less than three weeks after taking a hard fall during a game, Jolly won a tournament MVP despite a health scare.

"I knew I was sick when I went to Miami then I started coughing up blood and I didn't really know what it was," Jolly said.  "I though I had a cold or something.  Nothing on my body was really hurting like at all.  If I ran for a while it was hard for me to catch my breath, so that was really the only problem."

After the teen didn't improve over the next month, West Head Coach, Lenny Bert decided to sit Jolly out.

A week later he fainted before a game and was rushed to the hospital where doctors told him he should have died after finding seven blood clots on his lungs.

The high schooler's health kept him a live, but Jolly found out he'd never play again.

"I hadn't cried in a while, but that really made me cry," Jolly said.  "I can't play basketball no more?  Like, I was just getting good at this.  I just really started liking this.  I was asking God like, 'why did you do this to me?'"

"It was excruciating.  I mean, I didn't sleep," said Bert.

After spending months in and out of hospitals and on blood thinner medication, Jolly is now fully cleared to play and gets to lace his shoes up every day liked he's always wanted to.

He has to be careful with his health by staying properly hydrated and eating his vegetables whenever he can.

Now that his health is in full check, the seventeen year old says the sky's the limit.

"If I just do what I'm supposed to do and keep praying and just don't lose hope I can take basketball as far as I want to," Jolly said.  "Especially with the coaches I have, who's going to keep me in the gym and on the right path, and my parents too."

"It's a story, but man I just believe that God has really put his hands on this kid to impact lives through basketball," Bert said.

"To start from where he came from and to see where he is now is blessings," said Jolly's mother, Neoshia Jolly.  "That's a work of God, that's all I can say about that."

"He's doing good," said Jolly's Father, Latron Jolly.  "He's looking good.  He's focused.  He's doing what he loves to do, so we're blessed."

Tyson's good fortunes don't end there.

Colleges are now lining up with scholarship offers by the day.

However, they may have to wait a little while.

Jolly's currently pursuing an extra year of high school to rebuild his body and make up for missed class time.

Either way nothing's holding him back now.

"Last year I think was the best thing to ever happen to me, honestly," Tyson said.  "I'm going to do what I got to do to get where I got to get, and I'm going to stay humble and I'm going to pray.  We'll just leave everything in God's hands and I'll be alright."