Oklahoma State announced that men’s basketball player Tyrek Coger collapsed after a team workout Thursday afternoon and was later pronounced dead.
“Tyrek was excited to be at Oklahoma State and had such passion for the game and was looking forward to being an OSU Cowboy,” Underwood said in a statement. “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.”
The 21 year old junior transferred to Oklahoma State from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. While there, there 6-foot-8 forward averaged 12.2 points and 7 rebounds during his sophomore season.
Coger initially committed to Ole Miss; however, announced in June that he would not be attending due to an SEC rule bars junior college transfers from competing unless they have played three consecutive semesters at the same school. Coger had played his freshman year at Eastern Florida State College and the two following semesters at Cape Fear Community College.
According to the Stillwater (Okla.) News Press, Coger has an operation during his senior year of high school to remove fluid around his brain. Doctors warned Coger to not perform anything strenuous or he would be at risk for a seizure. He gained medical clearance and resumed his basketball career.
Cause of death has not been announced.