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John E. Hoover: OSU basketball player Tyrek Coger dies after workout

John E. Hoover: OSU basketball player Tyrek Coger dies after workout

 

Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger, here playing for Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, died Thursday after basketball workout at OSU. (Photo: Cape Fear Community College)

Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger, here playing for Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, died Thursday after basketball workout at OSU. (Photo: Cape Fear Community College)

Oklahoma State University basketball player Tyrek Coger, a junior college transfer from Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina, died Thursday evening following a workout.

The 21-year-old junior from Raleigh, North Carolina, collapsed after a team workout, according to an OSU press release.

The school said Coger, who arrived on the OSU campus on July 5, was transported to Stillwater Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m.

According to the Stillwater News-Press, a call came in to 911 dispatch at about 5:30 p.m. reporting that a man had collapsed on the stairs of Boone Pickens Stadium from heat exhaustion.

First-year basketball coach Brad Underwood, who was traveling back from a recruiting trip in Las Vegas, said he was devastated by Coger’s death.

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Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger, here playing for Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, died Thursday after basketball workout at OSU. (Photo: Cape Fear Community College)

“Tyrek was excited to be at Oklahoma State and had such passion for the game and was looking forward to being an OSU Cowboy,” Underwood said in the press release. “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, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward originally signed with Ole Miss, but a Southeastern Conference technicality prevented him from coming.

Last season at Cape Fear, he averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

“He’s another piece to the puzzle, and he’s a piece that we haven’t had or don’t have,” Underwood said June 29 during a Big 12 coaches media call. “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.”

Former OSU coach Travis Ford posted his thoughts on Twitter just before 10 p.m. Thursday.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Oklahoma State University Family…my heart and deepest sympathy go out to the Coger Family!” Ford wrote.

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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