Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp, 10, drives to the basket between Jovan Blacksher Jr., 10, of the Grand Canyon and Oscar in the first half of an NCAA college first-round basketball tournament on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis Frayer. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)
Oscar Frayer, senior and basketball star of the Grand Canyon Antelopes, died Tuesday in a car accident, the university confirmed on Thursday. He was 23 years old.
Frayer’s older sister Andrea Moore and a friend also died in the crash near Lodi, California, the GCU said.
Frayer, a 6-foot-7 wing, averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24 games (all starts) for the Antelopes last season.
A product of Moreau Catholic High School and of Oakland, California, Frayer was a three-star recruit the GCU landed in the 2016 class.
Frayer started 83 of the 97 games he played from his freshman to junior season at the Grand Canyon. He didn’t play in 2019-20 due to academic ineligibility, but had a good reputation again when the school and first year head coach Bryce Drew went into previous season.
He scored eight points from the end with five assists, three blocks and one theft in his last game against the Antelopes, an 86-74 loss to Iowa.
It was the school’s first NCAA tournament game in program history.
Several coaches and former GCU players mourned on social media as news of Frayer’s death spread.
Man, I’m speechless and just in shock. I just saw you playing a few days ago and now you’re gone. You were unique and one of the most optimistic and energetic people I have ever seen. Could put a smile on everyone’s face. I love you, O. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SkghZ0Xyyd
– Casey Benson (@ CaseyBenson15) March 24, 2021
I love you O, you were my role model. You believed me from the start, not many people really really care about me, but you did. Will always be my big brother! @Oscar_Frayer RIP BROTHER! THIS FOR YOU!
– Kyree Walker (@ kyreewalker1) March 24, 2021
I liked Oscar Frayer when I met the young man in 2015. I had an energetic spirit in his character and immediately became a FAN. 😔😔💔💔 RIP young guy. Pray for his family.
– Chuck Hayes (@ c_hayes44) March 24, 2021
Tragic and heartbreaking news about Oscar Frayer. The first time I saw him play was in Tice Valley and he was in 6th grade. He was amazing and obviously an elite talent. My prayers go to his family, GCUMBB, Moreau’s Catholic HS basketball program, and my friend @fknightsays. RIP 🙏🏾. pic.twitter.com/Q6GceFGBU5
– Mark DeLuca (@ coachdeluca33) March 24, 2021
Prayers to all affected by Oscar Frayer’s death. An outstanding competitor who had his whole life ahead of him. Don’t take life for granted. Rest in peace!
– Brandon Dunson (@BMDunson) March 24, 2021
A Life Celebration Service will be held in the GCU Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to honor those at GCU who lost their lives during the academic year. The event is private so that students, friends, and families can grieve. However, it will be streamed live on YouTube for those unable to attend.