Ex-Florida State center Michael Ojo dead at 27

Ex-Florida State center Michael Ojo dead at 27”

Ojo's death was confirmed by his former team, Red Star Belgrade, on Friday.

Michael Ojo (center) of the Florida State Seminoles hypes up his team before their game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Donald L. Tucker Center on February 2, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was a great teammate and really represented what the Seminole spirit is all about.

The Belgrade club released him at the end of this season and Ojo was believed to be looking for another team in Europe.

After five years at Florida State, Ojo started off his professional career in Belgrade, Serbia with FMP for a year after which he played a season for Crvena Zvezda.

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The club which noted the date and place of Michael Ojo's funeral will be announced later stated that his sudden and shocking death "deeply affected everyone: the players, coaches, management and board of the club in which he was accepted from day one, and which he accepted as his own". "He taught me that there's more to life than basketball. He encouraged me to get out of my shell and meet new people and taught me how to love FSU for what it all has to offer".

The friendly giant made national headlines when it was reported Nike dropped $15,000 to build a machine to make Ojo's size 22 shoes.

Unpolished as a freshman, Ojo steadily improved to the point that he was invited to work out privately for National Basketball Association teams following his senior year, when he played an important role defensively for a Florida State team that went 26-9.

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