Wofford basketball player Tate drowns

(Courtesy: The Sporting News)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A local sheriff’s office and school officials say Wofford basketball player Jeremiah Tate has drowned near the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

A York County, South Carolina, sheriff’s report states Tate and another man jumped from a bridge to swim in Lake Wylie. The man, Samuel Williams of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, told authorities Tate “had trouble swimming and kept sinking” when he tried to help.

Williams swam to shore, found a witness there fishing and used the person’s phone to call authorities, who found Tate’s body below the bridge early Monday.

In a release, the York County coroner’s office identified Tate and Williams, both 19, as YMCA camp counselors.

Team spokesman Kyle Mattracion says Tate’s mother notified a coach of the incident.

A junior who played in 13 games, Tate was born in Germany but listed Columbia, South Carolina, as his hometown.

In a statement, Wofford athletic director Richard Johnson said the school is “devastated and saddened” by Tate’s death.

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