The Oklahoma State community finds itself in mourning Thursday, as it was learned that Cowboy basketball player Tyrek Coger has passed away.
Oklahoma State mourns the death of Tyrek Coger https://t.co/lJFCt6gW8c
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) July 22, 2016
After collapsing after a workout on Thursday, Coger was transported to Stillwater Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m.
As you can expect, the Oklahoma State family was shocked and saddened by this terrible news. Oklahoma State’s official athletic website, OkState.com, issued a release confirming the news with a statement from head coach Brad Underwood.
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“Tyrek was excited to be at Oklahoma State and had such passion for the game and was looking forward to being an OSU Cowboy. Losing a member of the team is like losing a member of the family. But we know our loss pales in comparison to the pain his family is going through,” said Underwood, who is traveling back from a recruiting trip in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Coger was set to begin his college basketball career this fall after having played at Cape Fear Community College last season. The 6’8”, 245-pound forward/center from Raleigh, North Carolina was set to be key frontcourt player for Underwood and the Cowboys this season.
He originally signed up to play for Ole Miss, but was denied admission since the SEC has a rule that requires JUCO student-athletes to attend one college for three semesters before they can transfer.
His Twitter account bio shows a young man that valued life.
Coger arrived on campus July 5 and was just about to realize his dream of playing major college basketball. It’s just a terrible, sad situation on all fronts.