- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Presentation College in South Dakota is mourning the death of a basketball player and a graduate assistant coach.

Player Cameron Isreal and assistant coach and former player Terry Strong died Friday in a vehicle crash near Valentine, Nebraska, the Aberdeen school said in a statement.

“Cam and Terry were great young men and we are devastated by their passing,” Presentation President Margaret Huber said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this time.”

Isreal, 23, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, was from Chandler, Arizona. He averaged more than 16 points per game for the Saints last season and was named to the North Star Athletic Association all-conference team. He was majoring in business.

Strong, 26, was from the Los Angeles area. He graduated from Presentation last month and was planning to return for a second year as an assistant coach.

The vehicle the two were traveling in crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 83 and collided head-on with another vehicle, Cherry County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Kreycik told the American News. Strong and Isreal were pronounced dead at the scene.

“Both of them were great people,” head coach Jeremy Reigle told the newspaper. “They both had million-dollar smiles. We’re all in disbelief.”

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