Grand Canyon Oscar Frayer Dies In Fiery Accident In California Days After Men’s Basketball Tournament Game


Grand Canyon University men’s basketball player Oscar Frayer was killed in a car accident Tuesday in California, just days after appearing at the men’s basketball tournament, the school said Thursday.

Frayer was killed along with his sister Andrea Moore and a friend in Lodi, the school said. Frayer was 23 years old. The third person was not identified.

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The California Highway Patrol said a patrol vehicle was pulled over to assist a truck driver who had broken down on the side of the road early Thursday. Frayer’s vehicle collided from behind with the patrol vehicle, collided with a tree and then burst into flames, according to The Sacramento Bee. Authorities did not release further details. Two patrol officers received “serious” injuries but were expected to survive.

“We love O,” Grand Canyon coach Bryce Drew said in a statement. “He was the heart of our team with his vibrant and energetic personality. I cannot put into words the pain and sadness we all feel, but we know that he is in heaven and it gives us great joy to know that we will be together again.”

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Joe Wieskamp of Iowa (10) guarded by Oscar Frayer in his tournament game on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

Frayer helped the Grand Canyon make its first tournament appearance. The team secured an automatic bid with a victory in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Frayer had nine points and two assists in that game.

In an 86-74 loss to Iowa on Saturday, the Antelopes forward had eight points, five assists and three blocks.

Frayer holds the Grand Canyon Division I era record for career blocks with 93 and is fourth in points with 970.

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“On the court, Oscar was known as the ‘High Flyer’ and will be remembered for his dunks, tenacious defense and game-changing blocked shots,” the university said in a statement. “Off the field, he will be remembered for his infectious smile, energetic spirit and caring soul that made him one of the most beloved students on campus.”

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