Jae’Sean Tate wants to play basketball at the next level, wherever that might be. Getting there is going to take a lot of work, the right connections and proof that the Ohio State product can consistently do more than he showed during his four years with the Buckeyes.

It’s a quest that, between finishing this semester’s courses toward his master’s degree, has taken him roughly three hours west of home to a pole barn on the outskirts of Indianapolis. On a hardwood court in the country setting of Zionsville, Indiana, Tate has turned to basketball coach Joey Burton to try to address the biggest flaw in his game: shooting.

“Being in college, it’s team first, you do whatever it takes to make the team win,” Tate said this week, “whereas now I don’t have a team so you can focus on improving what I want to show teams that I’m capable of doing. One thing is ultimately showing them that I’m able to shoot the ball a little better than I’ve shown in the past.”

Burton, who deigns to be called just a skills coach or a trainer, has worked with a number of players over the years. This offseason alone, his facility has seen the likes of Purdue’s Dakota Mathias, Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh and Butler’s Kelan Martin, among many others. A Chicago native who helped former OSU star Evan Turner prepare for his senior high school season, Burton spent time on the Mississippi State women’s basketball staff before moving to Indianapolis and setting up shop.

It was through Turner that Burton and Tate became acquainted. The two worked together for a week and, once Tate’s exam in physical therapy is complete Friday (“I think the exam is over shoulder injuries, so I should be pretty good on that subject,” he joked), he will head back to Indiana to prepare in earnest to earn a paycheck.

“He just wanted to get better,” Burton said. “I asked him, ‘If we got you better this week in one area, and that area was shooting, would you be a better basketball player?’ He said definitely, and that’s what we went to work on. We made some mechanical adjustments and he responded well and is excited to get back.”

During his college career, Tate shot just 27.7 percent (36 for 130) from three-point range but finished as Ohio State’s 19th-leading scorer with 1,512 points.

Burton said he has worked with Tate on aligning the ball more with his left side, simplifying his mechanics and concentrating on his wrist action after he releases the ball. Tate said they’ve also focused on keeping his elbow in and underneath the ball while shooting.

It’s the type of instruction Burton said college coaches would be able to offer if they had more time with players, pointing out that a two-hour session with him equals how much on-court time a college coach can spend with a player during a full week in the offseason.

The chance to focus on his game has been a welcome change for Tate. Some days start at 8 a.m. and last until 6 or 7 p.m.

“There’s nobody looking over your shoulder,” he said. “There’s nobody telling you that you have to wake up for workouts or you’ve got to be here or got to be there. It’s ultimately on you to have that discipline. That’s what separates guys who have successful rookie years from guys who struggle is how dedicated (you are) to eating healthy, being in the gym and staying healthy.”

He did not receive an invitation to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational, an annual showcase of the country’s top seniors, and he’s not projected to be taken in the NBA draft. He has signed with agent Daniel Poneman of Haight Brand Sports.

“As of right now, my agent has talked to a few NBA teams and hopefully I can work out for them in the near future,” Tate said. “I’m trying to be the complete best player I can be. I think down the road there’s going to be some opportunities and my whole mindset is just to be ready when my name is called.”