Tate makes an impression

His father was a standout on the basketball court, and now Jae'sean Tate is following in those footsteps.

For Pickerington (Ohio) Central standout Jae'sean Tate it has been an impressive spring. The combo forward has led his All-Ohio Red team to a gaudy record, and recruiting interest is beginning to really come in for him.

At 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Tate looks more like a football player than a basketball player, but when you put him on the court he just gets things done. Tate is almost a lock for a double-double every time out on the floor.

Now Tate says he is focused on expanding his game and proving he can do things on the perimeter and not just inside.

"I've been working on my dribbling and shooting," said Tate. "I have always been like an undersized big man, so I am trying to get my guard skills down."

One interesting thing about Tate is the fact that he is also a standout on the football field. Right now he says he isn't sure which sport is in his future.

"Football is a big part of our school," he explained. "We push it just as much as basketball. I don't let it interfere too much. During the week I workout with football and then on the weekends it is basketball."

When it comes to recruiting, several schools have become involved.

"Iowa, Michigan, Kent State, Akron, and Dayton are all recruiting me," said Tate.

Tate's AAU team is coached by Benji Burke, father of Michigan point guard Trey Burke, and also there are connections to the Wolverines at his high school.

"Michigan is a big part of our school," said Tate. "Two commitments are going there to play football. Also I play for the father of Trey Burke, so if I could go there it would be a great thing."

Also fellow Big Ten conference member Iowa is beginning to really step up their recruitment of Tate.

"Iowa looks like a great school to go to," said Tate. "I am just willing if I fit in there to go there. I am just trying to find out more information and find a place where I fit in."

Tate says he is just now beginning to focus on his recruitment, and he is going to look closely for a school that he feels will help him develop as a player and improve his weaknesses on the floor.


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