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Isaiah Tate is headed to play for Final Four participant George Mason. The under the radar DeMatha Catholic standout reached his decision Thursday night.

The buzz began July 5 at the adidas Superstar Camp when Isaiah Tate rose up and threw down one heckuva nasty jam. No coaches were in the building as it was the first night of camp in Suwannee but the statement was made nevertheless.

On Thursday, the 6-foot-2 shooting guard out of DeMatha Catholic ended his recruitment and picked the George Mason Patriots. According to his high school coach Mike Jones, Tate corralled offers from Delaware, Marshall, VCU, Old Dominion, Penn State, Richmond and Fordham.

While Tate's athleticism caught recruiters off guard, his jump shot did not. Jones refers to him as one of the best DeMatha has seen in the last decade.

"He is one of the best shooters we've had here in the last 10 years," Jones said. "Their coaches believe that he will have a chance to contribute right away."

George Mason, coming off the trip to the Final Four, embarked on a mission to lock down its area and the commitment by Tate (also a strong student), is part of the grand plan.

The Patriots will be pleased to let Tate launch it from downtown as the senior hit on 44% of his 3-point shots for the Stags during his junior season. His success continued at the free throw line where he converted 90% of his attempts.

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