Former Eastern Florida State Basketball Player Tyrek Coger Dies After Workout At OSU

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Former Eastern Florida State College basketball player Tyrek Coger, and current Oklahoma State University player, died after an outdoor team workout in hot weather, according to OSU officials said Friday. (Eastern Florida image)

Former Eastern Florida State College basketball player Tyrek Coger, and current Oklahoma State University player, died Friday after an outdoor team workout in hot weather, according to OSU officials. (Eastern Florida image)

Former Eastern Florida State College basketball player Tyrek Coger, and current Oklahoma State University player, died Friday after an outdoor team workout in hot weather, according to OSU officials.

Coger, 22, transferred to OSU this year, and did not appear to be struggling during Thursday’s workout at OSU’s football stadium, Boone Pickens Stadium, according to OSU spokesman Gary Shutt.

Eastern Florida basketball coach Jeremy Shulman signed the 6-foot, 8-inch, 250-pound Coger out of Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. in 2013 to play for the Titans.

“Tyrek is a huge get for us, as he chose us over some of the other top programs in the nation,” Shulman said when he signed Coger in 2013. “Tyrek is big and skilled, with great feet and soft hands.”

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Coger died from an enlarged heart, “cardiomegaly with left ventricular hypertrophy,” and the manner of death was natural.

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“Tyrek was excited to be at Oklahoma State and had such passion for the game and was looking forward to being an OSU Cowboy,” said OSU coach Brad Underwood.

“Losing a member of the team is like losing a member of the family. But we know our loss pales in comparison to the pain his family is going through.”

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