High School Basketball

Death of SC prep basketball player being investigated

Nathan Moore was a starting guard and the second-leading scorer for the Greer High Yellow Jackets.
Nathan Moore was a starting guard and the second-leading scorer for the Greer High Yellow Jackets. The Greenville News

The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of Greer High senior basketball player Nathan Tyler Moore.

The cause of death is pending at this time, but a preliminary examination showed no indication of foul play, according to a release provided by the coroner’s and sheriff’s offices.

Greer High Principal Marion Waters requested the assistance of the Greenville County School District’s grief response team to counsel students and staff, according to a release from the district.

“He was a very, very fine student, a competitive athlete, a real hustler,” Waters said. “He was well respected by his teammates, coaches and teachers. He comes from a very, very fine family.”

Nathan Moore was the second of three brothers in the basketball program at Greer. Matt, a 2014 graduate, is playing at North Greenville University. Kyle’s a sophomore on the varsity team at Greer High.

“It’s just a tremendous loss to his family, a tremendous loss to the school, and to me and to Greer,” Waters said.

Greer is scheduled to play at Blue Ridge Thursday night. Waters said the status of the game is uncertain.

“We want to be sensitive to the family, to our students here and to team members and to others at Greer High School,” he said. “We have been very much supported by Blue Ridge High School, athletic director Shane Clark, the principal (Renee Watson) and others who said they would work with us in doing whatever we felt was needed.

“We met with our basketball coach (Greg Miller) and athletic director (Travis Perry) this morning and are awaiting a recommendation from them as to whether the game will be played (Thursday) night or will be rescheduled. That’s going to be a decision they have to make. We’ve received great support from the schools in (the Peach Blossom AAA Region). They’ve been most kind and considerate. We will hopefully arrive at a decision later on in the day.”

Moore, 18, was a starting guard for the Yellow Jackets. He was second on the team with 10.8 points per game, and he averaged a team-high 3.2 assists per game.