Ex-Vanderbilt player Dai-Jon Parker dies in boating accident

Former Vanderbilt guard Dai-Jon Parker drowned in a boating accident yesterday, per a report from Indianapolis’s Fox 59. Parker was 22 and was playing at the Division II University of Indianapolis.

The university released a statement regarding Parker’s tragic death.

“The entire University of Indianapolis community mourns the loss of Dai-Jon Parker, a senior student-athlete with a vibrant personality who had a great future ahead. This is a tragic situation for everyone involved, and UIndy is offering counseling and support to the people closest to him. Please keep Dai-Jon’s family, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.”

A report by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources stated that Parker and a friend were in two inner tubes being pulled by a pontoon boat driven by two women, and that Parker’s tube hit a large wave in Morse Reservoir. Unlike the other man, Parker did not resurface after going under.

Vanderbilt assistant coach Tom Richardson tweeted a short tribute for the young man who averaged 7.7 points and shot 41 percent from the field in two years with the Commodores.

This case is still under investigation, but Campus Sports will update it as more details become available.

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