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Grand Canyon basketball’s Oscar Frayer dies in car accident

Iowa's Joe Wieskamp (10) drives to the basket between Grand Canyon's Jovan Blacksher Jr. (10) and Oscar Frayer during the first half of a first round NCAA college basketball tournament game Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Grand Canyon Antelopes senior and men’s basketball standout Oscar Frayer died Tuesday in a car accident, the university confirmed Thursday. He was 23 years old.

Frayer’s older sister, Andrea Moore, and a friend also died in the crash that occurred near Lodi, Calif., 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 this past season.

A product of Moreau Catholic High School and from Oakland, Calif., Frayer was a three-star recruit GCU landed in the 2016 class.

Frayer started 83 of the 97 games he played from his freshman to junior seasons at Grand Canyon. He did not play in 2019-20 due to academic ineligibility but got back in good standing with the school and first-year head coach Bryce Drew heading into this past season.

He scored eight points to go with five assists, three blocks and a steal in his final game with the Antelopes, a 86-74 loss to Iowa.

It was the school’s first NCAA Tournament game in program history.

Several coaches and former GCU players grieved over social media when the news of Frayer’s death spread.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at GCU Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to honor those at GCU who have lost their lives during the academic year. The event is private to allow for students, friends and families to grieve, but it will be livestreamed on YouTube for those who cannot attend.