Academic Magnet basketball standout Tyre Moore had a 22.8 scoring average last season. After his playing days are over, well, that’s when his 4.76 grade point average kicks in.
Moore, a rising senior at a school recognized nationally for its challenging academic courses, was under the radar as a basketball player. After all, Academic Magnet isn’t exactly a hoops hotbed.
But he worked hard, hit the AAU trail as a member of Team TMP and became the first Academic Magnet basketball player to earn a Division I scholarship.
He will sign with Mercer University, located in Macon, Ga., in November. Mercer is the only private school in Georgia that offers Division I athletics and has an outstanding academic reputation.
“It’s definitely an honor to be the first basketball player from Academic Magnet to get a scholarship like this,” Moore said. “Hopefully there will be more players who will get the chance to play Division I basketball.”
Moore has always been an excellent student and an academic entrepreneur of sorts. When he was an eighth-grade student at Buist Academy, he started an initiative to raise one book for every child at James Simons Elementary, a school of nearly 300 students with 95 percent living below the poverty level.
His father, Tyre Sr., played basketball before enrolling at East Carolina University. After school, he tried his hand as a coach, teaching youngsters the game he grew up playing. His mother, Laura, attended Duke and the Charleston School of Law. She’s an attorney.
“Playing a sport at a school with a challenging academic program can be a challenge,” she said. “But with basketball, Tyre was forced to be focused.”
Moore knows he won’t play basketball forever. His areas of interest include science, technology, engineering and math.
“Mercer was the first school to offer me,” Moore said. “It’s a good fit academically and athletically. They have an outstanding engineering school.”
And Moore has those outstanding numbers — both on the basketball court and in the classroom.