STILLWATER, Okla.– Oklahoma State junior men’s basketball player Tyrek Coger died following a team workout on Thursday in Stillwater.
He was 21 years old.
Coger collapsed following a workout at about 5:30 and was transported to Stillwater Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:23 pm.
OSU head coach Brad Underwood was traveling back from a recruiting trip in Las Vegas, but issued a statement, saying:
“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.”
Coger had transferred to OSU from Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina, and was rated as the 21st best junior college prospect in the nation after averaging over 12 points and 7 rebounds a game.
Coger had originally signed with the University of Mississippi, but a Southeastern Conference rule that required a student-athlete to have three semesters at one school prevented him from going to Ole Miss.
He signed with OSU on June 27, and and left a week later from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina to join the Cowboys, arriving on campus on July 5.