Olivet community mourns death of student athlete
The Olivet Nazarene University community is mourning the loss of Braydon Flagg. The 20-year-old junior was a member of the men’s basketball team and a biology major.
"We all feel immense sorrow as we have lost such a great young man and ONU basketball player in Braydon," said ONU Director of Athletics Mike Conway in a press release. "ONU Athletics will rally together in prayer for his family, teammates, and coaches during this very difficult time. Braydon was an amazing young man and he will be missed beyond words."
Flagg, a native of Mill Creek, Indiana, was involved in a single car accident near Wills Township. According to police reports from LaPorte County Sherrif’s Department, they were called to an accident on County Road 50. Deputies said the vehicle drove left of the center line, off the road, and crashed into a tree.
Flagg was taken to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said. The crash is still under investigation.
A Facebook post from his parents, Jason and Brandee Flagg, said Braydon was traveling home from his summer job at the time of the accident.
“We have been overwhelmed with the help, support, and love from our families, friends, and the community here at NP, his college at Olivet Nazarene University, and the many people Braydon touched with his infectious joy for life.”
Flagg is survived by his younger sister, Jayden.
Flagg scored 207 points and registered 89 rebounds during his two years as a member of Olivet’s men’s basketball team. He helped lead them to back-to-back regular season conference titles and a conference tournament championship this past season.
“Braydon will be remembered for the endless joy he lived life with, his infectious personality, and his pursuits on and off the floor,” said ONU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Nick Birkey. “Braydon is dearly missed and will be remembered by so many as his legacy will live on.”