08/07 09:10 CDT Basketball player dies during training in Serbia
Basketball player dies during training in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) --- Former Florida State center Michael Ojo died on
Friday after collapsing during training in Serbia, his former team Red Star
Belgrade said. He was 27.
The Nigerian-born basketball player was taken to a hospital in the Serbian
capital, but doctors failed to resuscitate him, Belgrade media reported.
"The sudden and shocking death has deeply shaken everyone in the club," Red
Star said in a statement.
Ojo was reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus, but also that he
had recovered. Local media reported that he died of a heart attack.
After going undrafted in 2017, Ojo moved to Europe where he started his
professional basketball career with FMP Belgrade. In 2018, he signed with the
regional Adriatic League champions, Red Star Belgrade, where he was hugely
popular among the club's fans.
"Farewell good giant," said a post on a Red Star fan page.
Ojo averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in the ABA league and 4.1 points and 3
rebounds in the EuroLeague with Red Star.
The Belgrade club released him at the end of this season and Ojo was believed
to be looking for another team in Europe.
The towering 7-feet-1-inch (2.16 m) center wore shoe size 21 and Nike
reportedly had to spend $15,000 on a machine to create a size to fit him while
he played college basketball in Florida.