Tate Makes It Official, Reflects On Decision

When it came to choosing where he would spend his college career, picking Ohio State was a no-brainer for Jae'Sean Tate. The Pickerington (Ohio) Central four-star forward talked to BuckeyeSports.com about his decision to play for his hometown team, just moments after signing his national letter of intent.

Anybody who's ever seen Jae'Sean Tate play basketball knows him for his high energy. But on Thursday, the Pickerington (Ohio) Central product's enthusiasm wasn't being used to crash the offensive boards or send home a slam dunk, but rather to make his official pledge to Ohio State by signing his national letter of intent.

"I'm just glad it's all over," Tate told BuckeyeSports.com. "I can say I'm a true Buckeye."

A four-star forward, Tate is ranked as the 54th overall player in the 2014 class. At 6-5 and a thick 205 pounds, Tate has played both forward positions during his time with the Tigers, but sees himself primarily as a wing player at the next level.

"I'm looking at shooting guard," Tate said. "I've been working hard and just improving my jump shot and outside game."

The son of former OSU and Cincinnati player Jermaine Tate, Jae'Sean gave his verbal commitment to Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta nearly a year ago, choosing Ohio State over the likes of Michigan, Xavier, Iowa, and Dayton. The younger Tate said that it was his relationship with the 10th-year OSU head coach that made it an easy decision for him to spend his college career just 30 minutes away from his hometown.

"Coach Matta, there was just something about him. I just felt like he was real genuine and I could trust him," Tate said. "Every little Columbus kid wants to be a Buckeye. They just have a great tradition there and it's just so close to home."

Tate's affinity for his future school has been apparent, as he wore Ohio State socks throughout a junior season that saw him average 20.4 points and nine rebounds per game for Pickerington Central. Now a senior, Tate would like to up those numbers and further etch his name in the school record book, as he prepares to contribute immediately in his college career.

"I'm looking forward to averaging a double-double and breaking a couple more school records," Tate said. "I'm just going to try to get through this year and maybe get another state championship, go on and work hard and be ready to help play as a freshman next year."

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