Ex-Florida State player, 27, dies after collapsing during training

“I promised my people, because they know American culture can change anybody to anything, so I promised them just that I would be the same person I am and get my degree. / Getty Images

Ojo was reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus, but also that he had recovered. Tucker Center on February 2, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was 27. Former Florida State center Michael Ojo dies after collapsing during training at age 27

August 7, 2020 / 10:27 AM

Former Florida State center Michael Ojo died on Friday after collapsing during training in Serbia, his former team Red Star Belgrade said. 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. I won’t let anything distract me from school, my degree is something I promised my people and I will get it.”

Michael Ojo (center) of the Florida State Seminoles hypes up his team before their game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Donald L. Michael Ojo of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade gestures during the 2019/2020 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 28 match between Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall on March 6, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

After going undrafted in 2017, Ojo moved to Europe where he started his professional basketball career with FMP Belgrade. 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. Local media reported that he died of a heart attack. Trending News

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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 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.CBS affiliate WCTV reports Ojo graduated from FSU with his bachelor’s degree in international affairs.”My degree is something I owe my family,” Ojo said in a profile with FSView. Jeff Gammons / Getty Images

First published on August 7, 2020 / 10:27 AM