Oklahoma State University basketball player Tyrek Coger collapsed following a team workout Thursday afternoon, and died after being transported to Stillwater Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m.
Coger was 21 years old.
The 6-9, 250-pound Coger had only been on campus since July 5. He played last season at Cape Fear Community College.
First-year Cowboys head coach Brad Underwood was devastated by the news.
“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.
OSU is planning a news conference for 11 a.m. Friday.
Coger originally signed with Ole Miss but when he was not able to meet SEC admissions requirements Rebels head coach Andy Kennedy called Underwood because he knew the Cowboys were looking for help at the post position. Coger visited OSU in June and decided to sign with the Cowboys after the visit.
“He’s another piece to the puzzle, and he’s a piece that we haven’t had or don’t have,” Underwood said at the time. “He brings some physicality, he’s got legit size in terms of not just height at 6-9 but he’s 250 pounds, and he’s a guy that has a great skill set.
“But along with that, he gives us some age, some maturity, just in terms of he’s not an 18-year-old freshman that’s still learning the ropes. He’s got college basketball experience, he’s got games under his belt. Those are all things that were vital to our frontcourt.”