One of college basketball’s touching stories had a heart breaking ending early Sunday morning. After the story of Oakland guard Max Hooper and his father Chip spread across the country leading up to Oakland’s Senior Night, the elder Hooper passed away after a four-year battle with cancer.
Chip Hooper made it from California to Michigan to watch his son play for the first time as a Grizzly. Chip had been battling cancer for four years and, in October, suffered a stroke that limited his mobility. He watched the game from a hospital bed.
“This is a very sad day for the Oakland Basketball family,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said in a statement.” Max is traveling to California to spend a day with his family. We ask that you offer your prayers to his family. Please wait to reach out to him.”
Oakland next plays on Monday night in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament.