WSU basketball player in critical condition after diving into shallow pool

OXFORD, Ohio (WDTN) – Wright State University basketball player Ryan Custer is in critical condition as of Sunday night after police say he dove into a shallow pool at a party near Miami University’s campus Saturday afternoon.

Officials found Custer face down in a makeshift pool filled with 6 to 10 inches of water.

Custer is currently a freshman at Wright State University. He previously graduated from Elder High School in Cincinnati. His high school basketball coach Joe Schoenfeld spoke with our sister station WLWT-TV in Cincinnati late Sunday.

“When I heard that Ryan was in an accident and that he got air cared. I know that’s serious,” Schoenfeld said. “When that happens so I know it’s a scary situation. My heart just went out for Ryan and certainly his family as well.”

Schoenfeld says he has fond memories of coaching Custer.

“Ryan, he’s a great kid,” Schoenfeld said. “He’s full of energy. Great friend. I coached him on the basketball team and he was a super hard worker.”

Alex Meacham is close friend of the family and says Ryan has already undergone extensive surgery.

“He had surgery right after the incident. He had a five hour surgery,” Meacham said. “There was two surgeries that happened during that five hour period. From what I heard he’s resting well right now.”

The incident happened at around 4 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of North Main Street in Oxford, about 4 blocks from Miami University’s campus.

“The Oxford City Fire Department responded to an accident in the city yesterday that sent a visiting young adult to the hospital,” A Miami University spokesperson said in a statement released Sunday. “While we await details on the cause and extent of the young man’s injuries, we at Miami send to him and his family heartfelt. concern and wishes for a full recovery.”

Meacham says Custer has been on medication, getting a lot of sleep. He does have a breathing device in, so Meacham says he has not been speaking.

We reached out to Wright State for statement late Sunday and are waiting to hear back.

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