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Former Vanderbilt University Basketball Player Dai-Jon Parker, 22, Dead After Drowning In Indiana

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Former Vanderbilt basketball player Dai-Jon Parker died Thursday in an inner-tubing accident in Indiana.

Super sad news…

Dai-Jon Parker, a former basketball player at Vanderbilt University, died suddenly on Thursday in Indiana.

According to reports, the 22-year-old athlete was inner-tubing behind a boat in the Morse Reservoir near Indianapolis, when he was thrown off the tube without a life jacket, and drowned. His body was located with sonar nearly two hours after disappearing underwater.

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Vanderbilt's basketball coach, Kevin Stallings, said:

"We are extremely saddened with the news of Dai-Jon's death. Everyone who watched him play basketball knew what kind of athlete he was. But, to those of us who knew him and loved him, he was as good and happy of a person as you would ever meet. He always had a smile on his face and I will always remember him for that smile and the positive spirit he had. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends, and others who were lucky enough to have met him. The Vanderbilt basketball family will miss him."

Parker, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was a three-year player at Vandy, playing in 92 career games.

For his senior season, he transferred to the University of Indianapolis.

Our thoughts are with all of Parker's friends and family.

[Image via AP.]

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