Ohio State product Jae’Sean Tate will begin his professional career in Belgium. According to a tweet posted by the Telenet Giants Antwerp, who play in the Pro Basketball League in Belgium, Tate will join the team as it attempts to qualify for the Basketball Champions League.
A four-year starter at Ohio State, Tate averaged 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds for his career while endearing himself to fans with his hustle while playing as an undersized post player. His 1,512 career points are 19th-best in school history.
Welcome in town @o_tate_ #samengiants pic.twitter.com/R1CVfxINgf— TELENET GIANTS (@antwerpgiants) August 20, 2018
Tate went undrafted but earned four workouts with NBA teams before agreeing to play with the Milwaukee Bucks during the summer league. Instead, he suffered a broken finger during camp and missed the entire summer.
He had been considered likely to earn a shot at a preseason NBA training camp roster but instead is headed to Belgium. Analyst Sam Meyerkopf, who keeps tabs on Americans playing overseas, has described Tate as “possibly the best senior athlete coming to Europe” in his updated listing.
“With BCL qualification on the horizon Antwerp loaded up and brought in Tate at the 3/4 position” Meyerkopf wrote. “Really interesting fit for player and team. Antwerp has shown to be a development place which is what Tate needs and for the team, a sort of 1-5 x-factor type player could be what pushes them over the top to gain a BCL spot and compete with Oostende in the league. Tate makes mistakes and still needs to iron out his role but with the young group he’s going to it really makes for a fun situation.”
You can read Meyerkopf’s comprehensive list by clicking here.
A message to Tate was not immediately returned.
He recently checked in at Ohio State to see the newly renovated basketball offices at Value City Arena.
A few familiar faces got their first look at our brand new offices at @TheSchott❗️#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/m4oGSVS67z— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) August 16, 2018