An unfortunate and untimely accident befell the Wofford basketball community this week, as Jeremiah Tate drowned in Lake Wylie near Charlotte, North Carolina on early Monday. Tate, just 19-years old, was a junior on Wofford’s basketball team.
Reports say Tate and a friend jumped off a bridge and into the lake, but Tate had trouble swimming and kept sinking after the other man tried to save his life. Tate was working as a counselor at YMCA Camp Thunderbird.
More from Wofford’s athletic website:
“The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate,” said Director of Athletics Richard Johnson. “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.”
In two years on the men’s basketball team, Tate played in 13 games. As a freshman on February 10, 2015, he scored his first career basket against Hiwassee, also collecting rebound, a steal, two assists and a blocked shot. Later that season, in the NCAA Tournament against Michigan, Tate got on the floor for the final minutes.
This is obviously a sad time for the Wofford community and we at TodaysU wish the Tate family our deepest condolences. RIP Jeremiah Tate.