Former Boise State basketball player Zach Moritz passed away on August 12, 2015 after a long, courageous battle with Lyme disease. Moritz was 27.
Moritz was surrounded by a dedicated family and team of caregivers as he received intense treatment for the disease. Moritz had first taken ill in the winter of 2013 before finally being diagnosed for the disease in the fall of 2014.
Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteria spread from the bite of an infectious tick. The bacteria can manifest in the brain, joints, and digestive tract. Antibiotics can be taken but there is currently no vaccine.
Moritz played for Boise State from 2006-2011. He redshirted his first year and later became a key contributor off the bench in his junior and senior seasons.
He scored a game career-high 18 points against Denver in his senior season and also pulled down a game career-high 12 rebounds that same season.
For his career at Boise State, Moritz averaged nearly 3 points per game and 2 rebounds per game. His best season was perhaps his junior year in which he averaged 3.5 ppg and 2.4 rpg in just under 10 minutes of playing time per game.
Prior to his senior season, Moritz took up writing. He chronicled his and the team’s preparation for the upcoming season in articles posted on broncosports.com.
Mortiz was on the Boise State team that won the WAC championship in 2008. That team played Louisville in the 2008 NCAA tournament, losing 79-61.
R.I.P Zach???? Broncos For Life. Man oh man ???? glad we were able to bring BSU a championship after coming into school together. Never forget you
— Reggie Larry (@RL24ThaKidNJ) August 15, 2015
After his Boise State days were finished, Moritz played professionally overseas, including two seasons in Copenhagen.
A celebration of Zach’s life is tentatively planned for September 20 in Vancouver
Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the entire Moritz family.