Tobi Oyedeji, Former High School Basketball Star, Dies

May 16, 2010 Updated: May 16, 2010

Tobi Oyedeji was pronounced dead after severe injuries from a car accident ended his promising career in basketball. The young basketball star had recently been picked up by reputable university Texas A&M, but suffered an untimely death in the off-season before his debut.

Oyedeji was a 6-foot-9-inch power forward chosen by Texas A&M to play for their men’s basketball team. The up and coming basketball star was named Player Of The Game in the High School Academic All-American Game where he scored 19 points with 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. He had signed an agreement to play with Texas A&M but needed to finish school in Bellaire, Texas, reported KBTX News.

Oyedeji was in a severe car accident that caused concern for his soon-to-be boss Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon. Turgeon alerted fans of Oyedeji’s accident Saturday on Twitter.

“Please pray for Tobi Oyedeji. He was in a car accident last night and is battling some significant injuries. He needs our prayers,” said Turgeon.

Reports came in Sunday confirming Oyedeji’s injuries, deeply upsetting his friends and family in California as well as Texas.

“He did not make it out of surgery. … He passed away this afternoon,” reported Jim Hicks of RcsSports.

No official statements have been made regarding Oyedeji’s funeral arrangements at this time. Texas A&M coaching staff publicly announced their condolences to Oyedeji’s family after his death had been confirmed.

“The world has lost a great kid today. Tobi epitomized the term student-athlete. He was a very good student. He worked hard in the classroom and on the basketball court and he was a terrific basketball player," said coach Mark Turgeon in a statement.