Oklahoma State Basketball Player Dead at Age 22

Oklahoma State Basketball Player Dead at Age 22

In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, photo, Cape Fear Community College forward Tyrek Coger (15) shoots a free throw against Wake Tech in Wilmington, N.C. Coger, who transferred to Oklahoma State University, died after collapsing during a team workout in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, July 21, 2016. (Matt Miller/The Star-News via AP)

An Oklahoma State University basketball player, Tyrek Coger, 21, collapsed after a team workout at Boone Pickens Stadium at 5 p.m and was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m.

Coger died from an enlarged heart or Cardiomegaly, which is usually a sign of another condition, and there are more than 200,000 cases in the United States per year.

The 6-foot-8-inch forward attended high school at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina. Coger has had an history of being admitted to the hospital.

According to the Stillwater Oklahoma News Press, Coger had an operation on his brain because of the excessive fluid during his senior year in high school.

Coger had just transferred to OSU from Cape Fear Community College 17 days prior to his death. He averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds per game this last season.

“He had an energy that was contagious. He would walk around campus and just smile, and everyone loved him,” former coach Ryan Mantlo said.

Coger was also the first Cape Fear basketball player to sign with the team during a basketball conference.

“People looked up to him, but at the end of the day, he was their big brother, and he would do anything for them,” Mantlo said.


OSU’s men’s basketball coach, Brad Underwood, was in Las Vegas when this tragedy happened. Underwood said that this was the hardest couple of days that he has ever experienced in his coaching life.

“You say goodbye to players when they graduate, and that is one thing,” Underwood said. He paused and wiped his tears before continuing. “But making that phone call to a mother … it is so … there are no words,” Underwood continued to say.

The Stillwater News Press reported that the weather at 5 p.m on Thursday was 99 degrees, and the heat index was 105 degrees.

Heat Strokes usually happen when the temperature is approximately 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, and other causes can be strenuous activity, dehydration and overdressing.

The cause of Coger’s death has not yet been released to the public. OSU has had many other tragedies in its recent history besides this latest death.

Last October, during a homecoming parade, a 25-year-old woman killed four people and wounded many after crashing into a crowd of people.

In 2011, Kurt Budke, women’s basketball head coach, and Miranda Serena, assistant coach, died in a plane crash.

In 2001, two men’s basketball players and six staff members died in a plane crash during a snow storm.

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