Fresno State sophomore forward Braeden Anderson is recovering at a local hospital after getting injured in "a serious car accident" as a passenger, according to multiple reports. The four-car collision resulted in the death of one person, 26-year-old Norman Tes, per the Fresno Bee.
Anderson is a former commit to Kansas who averaged 4.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 10 games last season for the Bulldogs. His timetable for recovery is unknown, though he's expected to play again. He is undergoing evaluation for neck injuries and is reported to have movement in all his extremities, according to ESPN.com.
The car accident happened Tuesday night. Driving the car at the time of the collision was Fresno State walk-on Kyle Jackson, who was unharmed. Reports have Jackson attempting to steer away from another car crash, thus catalyzing his.
"He's obviously been through a difficult situation and he's held up good," Fresno state coach Rodney Terry told the Bee. "Obviously we're all devastated at what happened, but we're blessed to have Braeden in our presence. "What he went through and another one of the players on our team went through, we're just blessed to have them. It could have been a different outcome."
More details on the damage, via the Bee:
The crash occurred, according to the California Highway Patrol, when Adam Esqueda, 18, was driving a 1997 Honda west on Millerton Road about 9:46 p.m. He lost control of the car and drove into oncoming traffic, striking a 2000 Honda, the CHP report stated.
The 2000 Honda spun into the path of a 1990 Acura, driven by Paul Funderburg, 25. The 1997 Honda collided with the left side of a 2011 Dodge driven by Jackson.
Most involved in the pileup left without serious injury; Anderson's appears to be the most debilitating among those who survived the crash.
Anderson's injury will likely set back Fresno State even further if he misses time to start the 2013-14 season. The Bulldogs released Robert Upshaw in August after he again violated terms of athletic department policy.
Fresno State went 11-19 last season.