On Thursday night, it took much longer than expected for reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop to be selected in the NBA Draft, however, about 13 hours after the draft ended, KBD’s longtime running-mate Jae’Sean Tate signed with an NBA team. Tate will be joining the Milwaukee Bucks’ summer league roster, according to Ohio State.
The Pickerington, Ohio, native was selected as a second-team All-Big Ten member by the coaches earlier this year, after being an honorable mention the previous two seasons. In his senior campaign, Tate averaged 12.3 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.1 steals.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound forward often played with a tenacity that defied his stature. Throughout his career, Tate became known for mixing it up on the block with players much taller than he was. However, when an already-thin backcourt was mired in turnover issues early last season, new head coach Chris Holtmann decided to turn to his senior leader in another surprising way: as a ball handler.
While it is difficult to project what position Tate would play in the NBA, his ability and willingness to do whatever is asked of him with maximum energy should be attractive to the Bucks’ front office and coaching staff.
Congratulations, Jae’Sean. Can’t wait to hear about you posting up the Greek Freak in practice!