University of Indianapolis guard Dai-Jon Parker, known for his smile and outgoing personality, drowned Thursday in a boating accident at Morse Reservoir, officials said.
The news stunned numerous college and professional players who competed with and against Parker in the past.
Parker was a senior on last season’s team after transferring from Vanderbilt where he played three years. He grew up in Baton Rouge, La., but played his high school basketball in Milton, Ga., at Milton High School. He was part of a state championship team in 2010.
The Indianapolis Star reported Parker and another man were being pulled on an inner-tube behind a pontoon boat when they hit a large wave that knocked them both into the water. Parker never resurfaced according to witnesses, who called 911 for help. He was not wearing a life jacket.
Parker was found at the bottom of an 11-foot deep portion of the lake two hours after he went missing. First responders used sonar technology to help locate him.
The University issued a statement on Parker’s death after it was confirmed.
Source: The Dagger | Kyle Ringo