Monday the Wofford athletic department announced the passing of guard Jeremiah Tate, who drowned in the early morning hours swimming in Lake Wylie which is split between North Carolina and South Carolina. Tate was a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Thunderbird, and according to media reports he and another counselor jumped from the Buster Boyd Bridge.
While the other counselor did return to the surface Tate did not, with rescue crews finding his body two hours later. Per a report from WIS-TV 10 in Columbia, South Carolina, witnesses said that Tate couldn’t swim with the other counselor stating that he didn’t know that to be the case.
“The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate,” Wofford Director of Athletics Richard Johnson said in a statement released by the school. “Jeremiah was such a dedicated, loved and respected member of the men’s basketball team.
“He had a wonderful personality and had many friends on campus extending outside of the athletic department. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family. He will truly be missed.”
Tate, who played in 13 games during his career at Wofford, was an Allstate Good Works Team nominee this past season.