WHITEWATER (WKOW) — The coach of standout UW-Whitewater basketball player Derek Gray told 27 News the player’s sudden death took place at a basketball camp on campus and was cardiac-related.
“It was a cardiac event,” UW-Whitewater Basketball Coach Pat Miller told 27 News. “He had a blockage.”
Miller said more than 100 children ages 10 through 17 were attending the camp Sunday and being treated to pizza courtside as Gray, other players, counselors and coaches played on the court.
“He was not labored, there was nothing we saw,” Miller said of the 20-year-old Gray.
Miller told 27 News when Gray collapsed, he thought the player experienced a seizure. Emergency responders arrived quickly and campers were escorted out of the facility.
Warhawk Nation mourns the loss of Derek Gray, a student-athlete on the Warhawk men’s basketball team, who passed away unexpectedly on July 24th, 2022, playing the game he loved. pic.twitter.com/gHkyMr23NP
— Warhawk Athletics (@UWWAthletics) July 26, 2022