TRIBUTES have poured in for a Grand Canyon University basketball star who tragically died in a car crash in California.
Frayer, a senior men’s basketball player at the university in Phoenix, Arizona, was described as the “heartbeat of the team” by head coach Bryce Drew.
The college athlete has been hailed as “one of the most accomplished players” in Antelopes basketball history.
“We love O,” Drew said. “He was the heartbeat of our team with his vibrant, energetic personality.
“I cannot put into words the hurt and sadness we all feel, but we know he is in heaven and that gives us great joy to know we will be together again.”
After the game, Frayer tweeted: “I bleed purple FOREVER!!!! THANK YOU LOPE NATION for the last 5 years..it’s been nothing less than amazing..from President Mueller, to our coaching staff, to my brothers who I compete with everyday..it’s love FOREVER. 4 Gone.”
Known as the ‘High Flyer’, the university said Frayer will be remembered for his “soaring dunks, tenacious defense and game-changing blocked shots” on the court.
“Off the court, he will be remembered for his infectious smile, energetic spirit and caring soul that made him one of the most well-liked students on campus,” the university said.
Frayer’s heartbroken teammates have paid tribute to the much-loved star on social media.
Casey Benson said on Twitter: “Man, I’m at a loss for words and just in shock. Just watched you play a couple days ago and now you’re gone.
“You were one-of-a-kind and one of the most upbeat and energetic people I’ve ever been around. Could put a smile on anyone’s face. Love you, O.”
Liam Lloyd added: “Someone who been a big brother to me for the whole past year. Someone who is truly one of my brothers and someone I consider family. Fly high O, your name will not be forgotten.”
Others described Frayer as “one of my all time favorite teammates” and “a hometown hero”.
In a post on Instagram, Damari Milstead wrote: “You believed in me in a way that I never believed in myself. You looked over me when I was the new kid on the block in high school and in college.
“Your loyalty was unmatched and never will be replicated. You were a hometown hero, defeating the odds and making a name for yourself.”
Gabe McGlothan also wrote on Instagram: “The memories that you have created for everyone on this team are ones that we will all carry so close to our hearts.
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“The impact you had… I don’t even think you realized.
“The way you spoke; The way you embodied brotherhood, family; and the way you chased the faith; it had shined into everyone’s heart.”
According to a story on the university’s athletics department’s website, Frayer’s dad tragically died in a car accident when young Frayer was just seven.