Just three days after playing in his first NCAA Tournament, Grand Canyon’s Oscar Frayer died Tuesday morning in a car accident.
The 23-year-old was traveling with his sister, 28-year-old Andrea Moore, and one other passenger on I-5 SB south of Walnut Grove Road when their Subaru collided with the rear of a California Highway Patrol car on the side of the road assisting a disabled tractor-trailer around 2:30 a.m. The Subaru ran into a tree and burst into flames.
All three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from CHP.
“We love O,” Grand Canyon coach Bryce Drew said in a release. “He was the heartbeat of our team with his vibrant, energetic personality. I cannot put into words the hurt and sadness we all feel, but we know he is in heaven and that gives us great joy to know we will be together again.”
Frayer, a senior forward known as “High Flyer,” posted eight points, five assists, and three blocks in the Antelopes’ season-ending 86-74 loss to Iowa in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. He finished his NCAA career with the school record for blocked shots (93), while ranking fourth all-time in points (970) and three-points (144).
The Oakland, Calif. native graduated with a degree in Communications and was set to walk at GCU commencement in April.