20-Year-Old College Basketball Player Dies After ‘Cardiac Event’

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater basketball participant Derek Gray, 20, just lately died after affected by a “cardiac occasion,” in accordance with his coach.

Gray’s coach Pat Miller informed WKOW that the tragic incident occurred on July 24 whereas the 20-year-old was volunteering at a summer time basketball camp, the place greater than 100 kids from ages 10 to 17 had been attending.

When Gray collapsed, Miller initially thought that his participant was affected by a seizure however realized it was extra critical than he initially thought.

“It was only a very surreal scenario the place you are considering, ‘Okay, he’ll be all proper,’ and you then’re very scared, and the longer it went on, it grew to become obvious that this was terribly critical,” Miller informed the native outlet.

The camp attendees had been escorted out of the constructing as Gray was being handled by first responders.

Miller mentioned that Gray’s loss of life was attributed to a “cardiac occasion” stemming from a “blockage,” in accordance with WKOW.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks athletic division launched an announcement on social media mourning the passing of Gray.

“Warhawk Nation mourns the lack of Derek Gray, a student-athlete on the Warhawk males’s basketball group, who handed away unexpectedly on July twenty fourth, 2022, taking part in the sport he beloved,” the assertion learn.

Gray, who began all 25 video games this previous season with the Warhawks within the Division III Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, ranked fifth in factors per recreation (17.8) and second in steals (46) within the convention throughout his freshman yr, in accordance with the group’s web site.

Miller informed WKOW that he was garnering curiosity from Division I applications following his freshman breakout season.

Gray was majoring in criminology and had a “profession ambition” to put money into actual property after he graduated, the group’s web site said.

Cullen Haskins, Assistant Principal of Lafollette High School in Madison, Wisconsin, the place Gray attended highschool, launched an announcement in gentle of the 20-year-old’s sudden loss of life, per WMTV:

On behalf of Principal Mat Thomspon and all Lafollette High School Staff, it’s with a profound sense of disappointment that the La Follette group mourns the surprising lack of former Lancer, Derek Gray. Derek was an enormous of La Follette basketball and Lancer athletics, and was at his finest within the hardest video games and most difficult moments. He was a real gamer. His toughness and tenacity on the court docket will at all times be remembered, and his kindness and smile off the court docket will likely be perpetually missed. As a well known student-athlete and basketball standout, his presence and affect on the La Follette group was far-reaching. His life, each on and off the court docket, had an unlimited affect on all those that knew him. As we course of this large loss for our group, we ask you to affix us in protecting Derek’s associates, teammates, and household in our ideas.

A GoFundMe web page has been organized by the college basketball program’s “Tip-Off Club” to assist Gray’s household with the funeral bills.

Sudden cardiac deaths amongst younger basketball gamers are, sadly, not unusual. As Breitbart News reported in 2019, a research confirmed that the majority sudden cardiac deaths in youth sports activities occurred amongst basketball gamers, with a majority of these deaths occurring throughout observe.

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