Grand Canyon quarantines basketball team

Grand Canyon put its men’s basketball team in quarantine after four players and two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, the university announced.

Tests were negative for the other 10 players and two student managers on the team. Still, all 16 will be housed at a campus residence hall for two weeks.

The two staff members with positive tests will quarantine at their homes.

The players were tested before they could take part in voluntary workouts. All four were asymptomatic, the school said.

“The University has been working diligently over the last few months to ensure that proper protocols and procedures are in place and, as a result, we were able to quickly address the positive COVID-19 cases,” Jamie Boggs, the school’s interim vice president of athletics, told the Arizona Republic.

“The safety of our student-athletes, staff and the GCU community is of the highest priority and we will continue to follow local and national guidelines, work closely with our team doctor and campus health center, and revise procedures as needed to ensure the continued safety of our student-athletes and the GCU community.”

The Antelopes were 13-17 last season under coach Dan Majerle, who was fired in March. Former Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew was hired as his replacement at the Phoenix school.

Arizona is in the midst of a drastic spike in COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, health officials reported 3,056 new cases statewide.