Tobi Oyedeji, one of the top recruits in the class of 2010, died Sunday in an automobile accident in Houston. He was 17 years old.
Oyedeji was signed to play basketball and study engineering at Texas A&M. He was on his way home from a school-sponsored after-prom party when he was involved in a collision in southwest Houston. Oyedeji’s car veered out of its lane and crashed head-on into a Jeep.
The driver of the Jeep, a 52-year old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Oyedeji died later Sunday in the hospital.
According to the Houston Chroncle, the 6-foot-9 Oyedeji averaged 16 points per game for Bellaire High School last season, helping the Cardinals to a 35-2 record. He played summer basketball for Houston Hoops.
With his shot-blocking and rebounding abilities, he was a hot Division I prospect. Rivals.com’s database shows Oyedeji receiving offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Marquette, Oklahoma and others.
Eventually, he chose to stay close to home and attend Texas A&M.
"The world has lost a great kid," Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. "Tobi epitomized the term student-athlete. He was a very good student. He worked hard in the classrooms and on the basketball court and he was a terrific basketball player. This is difficult to understand and today is a very sad day. My heart aches for his mom and dad. Tobi was an only child and I would like everyone to pray for Tobi's parents."