NCAA Basketball Fraternity Mourns Passing of Grand Canyon Basketball Forward Oscar Frayer On Twitter

Published 03/24/2021, 10:44 AM EDT
Mar 20, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Grand Canyon Antelopes forward Oscar Frayer (4) defends against Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp (10) during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


Grand Canyon Basketball lost a dear member yesterday. Senior forward Oscar Frayer passed away from injuries sustained in a tragic car accident three days after playing his final game in the NCAA. That game came under the bright lights of March Madness. While Frayer and his Grand Canyon Antelopes would end up losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes, it was a proud moment for the program.

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Frayer himself had a big moment in the game, swatting Hawkeyes guard Connor McCaffrey’s shot when he went for a layup. Frayer started every single game of the season and was having a comeback season. He was ineligible to play basketball last season and played this season as a redshirt senior.

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Mar 20, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Grand Canyon Antelopes forward Oscar Frayer (4) defends against Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp (10) during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball world on Twitter have been stunned by the news. Tributes have poured in for Frayer, who was a mainstay of the Antelopes’ team for the better part of five years. His passing is shocking and sudden. We send out our condolences to all his loved ones, teammates, and classmates.

Grand Canyon Basketball: Twitter reactions to Frayer’s passing

Long-time high school basketball standout Kyree Walker sent out his tribute to Frayer, expressing his sadness at losing Frayer. Someone he looked up to.

The New Mexico State Aggies sent out their tribute for Frayer as well, extending their support to his family and friends with Grand Canyon Basketball.

Journalist and sports writer Andrew Joseph sent out a message for Frayer, sharing the clip of his spectacular play in March Madness over the weekend.

Assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, Brandon Dunson, also sent out a message, calling Frayer an outstanding competitor.

Houston Rockets Assisted Director of Player Personnel Chuck Hayes remarked on having met a young Frayer in 2015 and recalling how he instantly became a fan of him.

Assistant coach for the South Mountain CC Basketball and head coach for Glenview Hoops, Chris Diaz remembered the time he spent working with Frayer at GCU.

Valley Christian Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark DeLuca shared how he met Frayer and also sent his condolences to his family and the Grand Canyon Basketball program.

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Frayer spent his entire college career with the GCU Antelopes and started almost every game for his career with the team. He averaged 6.6 points, 2 assists, and 2.5 rebounds for the 2020-21 season. His career averages are 8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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