Dai-Jon Parker : Former Vanderbilt basketball player drowned in Indianapolis

Dai-Jon Parker : Former Vanderbilt basketball player drowned in Indianapolis

Dai-Jon Parker drowned Thursday night in an Indianapolis lake, where he and some friends had gone boating.

Dai-Jon Parker transferred to the University of Indianapolis after playing three seasons at Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings issued this statement Friday:

“We are extremely saddened with the news of Dai-Jon’s death. Everyone who watched him play basketball knew what kind of athlete he was. But, to those of us who knew him and loved him, he was as good and happy of a person as you would ever meet. He always had a smile on his face and I will always remember him for that smile and the positive spirit he had. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends, and others who were lucky enough to have met him. The Vanderbilt basketball family will miss him.”

The University of Indianapolis issued this statement:

“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.”