Former Florida State basketball center Michael Ojo died on Friday from a heart attack he suffered during practice overseas, the Tallahssee Democrat confirmed. Ojo was 27.
Ojo played for Partizan, a Serbian professional basketball team. According to eurohoops.net, the 7-footer collapsed while running at practice, and doctors were unable to resuscitate him.
Sam Lunt, former FSU associate director of sports medicine for men’s basketball, said his family is "crushed" by the news.
"I am devastated," said Lunt, who retired from FSU in 2017 after 33 years at the school. "I used to bring him to the house for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Loved that guy."
Ojo played all four seasons in Tallahassee and was a frontcourt presence for coach Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles, averaging 2.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 9.8 minutes a game through 78 career games. He averaged 4.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game as a senior in 2016-17 when he was a team captain.
Michael Ojo last played for FSU in 2017. (Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports)
A native of Nigeria, Ojo graduated from FSU with a bachelor's degree in international affairs.
After graduating, Ojo began playing professionally in EuroCup Basketball. In the 2018-19 season, he played for KK Crvena zvezda in Serbia. He averaged 5.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 13.0 minutes over 38 games in two seasons for the Serbian team, according to eurohoops.net.
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