CBS lingered an extra few seconds in this year’s “One Shining Moment” video to pay tribute to Grand Canyon’s Oscar Frayer.
Frayer, 23, died in a March 23 car accident just three days following the Antelopes’ first-round loss to Iowa in the NCAA Tournament. He, his older sister Andrea Moore and a friend died in the accident near Lodi, Calif.
Frayer appears at the 1:36 mark in the video. He is shown blocking Iowa’s Connor McCaffery, following him backing up in transition:
It was a classy move by CBS to include Frayer in its video, beloved as it is among hardcore and casual basketball fans alike. Grand Canyon certainly appreciated the gesture, as well:
Frayer played 25 minutes in the loss to the Hawkeyes, scoring eight points and tallying three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three blocks. It was his 107th start — third-most in the Antelopes’ Division I era. The senior guard/forward finished his career with 970 points and 144 3-pointers, ranking fourth in program history in both marks.
“We love O,” GCU coach Bryce Drew said in the school’s statement announcing his death. “He was the heartbeat of our team with his vibrant, energetic personality. I cannot put into words the hurt and sadness we all feel, but we know he is in heaven and that gives us great joy to know we will be together again.”