Grand Canyon Basketball Player Killed In Car Accident Days After Playing In NCAA Tournament

Mar 20, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Grand Canyon Antelopes forward Oscar Frayer (4) attempts to block shot by Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp (10) during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Grand Canyon forward Oscar Frayer reportedly died in a car accident Tuesday, three days after the first and last NCAA tournament game of his five-year college basketball career.
The 23-year-old Frayer, his sister and his girlfriend were in an SUV early Tuesday morning when it veered off the road, hit a California Highway Patrol car, struck a tree and caught fire, according to SF Gate. All three occupants of the SUV reportedly died, while two CHP sustained serious injuries. Photos posted by the CHP Stockton page show the extent of the damage.

News of Frayer’s death was first reported by WAC Hoops Digest. Grand Canyon released a statement Wednesday saying it was aware of reports of Frayer’s crash, but declined to confirm his death citing respect for the families involved.

Only 57 hours before his crash, Frayer had been playing No. 2 seed Iowa in the West bracket of March Madness. Frayer, a redshirt senior, finished with eight points, five assists, three rebounds and three blocks, and delivered one of the game’s highlights with a chasedown block of the Hawkeyes’ Connor McCaffery:

Frayer, whose father also died in a car crash according to San Francisco’s KPIX, had reportedly been visiting family in California after the loss to Iowa.

A member of the Grand Canyon men’s basketball team since 2016, Frayer started as a freshman out of Hayward, Calif. and accrued 970 points and 515 rebounds over the course of five years. He was forced to sit out what would have been his senior year due to academic ineligibility, but made it back to the court this season and helped lead the Antelopes to the first March Madness berth in school history. The program won both the WAC regular season and tournament championship, its first titles since making the jump to Division I in 2013.

Following the loss to Iowa, Frayer posted what turned out to be his final tweet, thanking the Grand Canyon fans for following along:

 

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