Tate High On Blue Demons

DePaul had a phenomenal showing of talent at their 2nd annual team camp at Attack Athletics with high major players across the board. One prospect that attended Tuesday, but did not play, caused quite a buzz. 2013 point guard Jaylon Tate talked with us about what he likes about DePaul and being in the atmosphere of the camp.

Jaylon Tate is a 6-3 guard that plays with Meanstreets 16 and under squad. He is one of the consensus top point guard prospects in the state of Illinois and a key recruiting target for the Blue Demons. The point guard talked about the experience of attending the DePaul team camp.

"It is a real good atmosphere here," said Jaylon. " There are a lot of the top teams playing and good players. It is fun to come out and watch them play. The day has been really fun."

He is fond of the coaching staff at DePaul and is getting more familiar with head coach Oliver Purnell.

"I have always had a really close relationship with (assistant coach) Billy Garrett since his son and I have been playing together since fifth grade," said Tate. "I am really close with him besides basketball. Coach Purnell and I are starting to talk more and build a relationship."

On Tuesday at Attack Athletics, Tate had the opportunity to speak with Purnell about the Blue Demons.

"He talked to me about how my summer is going and what I am looking forward to this year," said Jaylon. "He talked about recruiting and getting me to campus."

His relationship with his lead recruiter is a major plus in DePaul's favor.

"We have a really tight connection," Tate said. "I really feel comfortable with him. I know my parents would really feel safe if I was there and it would feel like home."

Tate is close with fellow point guard Billy Garrett Jr. of Morgan Park High School who happens to be a verbal commitment for the Blue Demons. Is his friend in his ear about playing together?

"He has talked to me multiple times about taking a looking at it," said Tate. "I wouldn't mind playing with Billy again. We played together for three or four years before high school. I think we could be a really good backcourt. Billy is a big guard like me and is a good shooter so we could get each other open. We have chemistry off the court too."

The spring was very productive with Meanstreets on the AAU circuit for Tate and his teammates.

"It has been great," Jaylon said. "Probably my best summer yet. I really have gotten a lot of exposure and became a lot better playing with them. (Meanstreets coach) Tai Steets told me at the beginning of the spring he wants me to change the way I look. He wants me to be more of a scoring guard while still keeping my teammates involved."

Tate is looking to put on a show on for the college coaches in July.

"I am looking forward to having a good showing. I want to show the coaches a lot of the talk is not hype and that I can really play. I want to win in July when we are playing."

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