from 100 Percent FedUp:
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater is mourning the loss of a rising basketball star Derek Gray, who died unexpectedly on Sunday. He was 20 years old.
On Sunday, July 24, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater basketball player Derek Gray recently “passed away unexpectedly” while “playing the game he loved,” the school announced.
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Gray was a standout player on the UW-Whitewater Men’s Basketball team and a graduate of La Follette High School in Madison.
Gray’s UW-Whitewater coach told 27 News that the player’s sudden death occurred at a campus basketball camp and was cardiac-related.
“It was a cardiac event,” UW-Whitewater Men’s Basketball Coach Pat Miller told 27 News. “He had a blockage.”
“I’ve been around for a long time. I’ve seen a lot of different things,” Miller said. “It was one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever been a part of.”
“I love him. He’s a beautiful person,” Warhawks head coach Pat Miller told local outlet Channel 3000 News. “He was an incredible person. He was a player, I had a lot of long conversations (with him) about life, basketball, family, and community. He was a very intelligent guy, very intuitive, and I really enjoyed his perspectives.”
Added Miller: “His teammates loved him. He had a really unique ability to connect with all his teammates in different ways.”