Expressions Elite forward Dana Tate is down to Rhode Island, Northeastern, Richmond and UMass. Hit the jump to get exclusive comments on each program from one of the most skilled and versatile combo-forwards in the country.
Dana Tate is one of the more complete forwards in the country. His combination of size, skill and versatility allow him to play multiple spots on the floor on both the offensive and defensive ends. We most recently viewed Dana in July at the Fab48 in Las Vegas where he displayed improved ability to create his own shot off the dribble.
“I felt I played well. I feel like my best tournament was at the Fab48 in Las Vegas. I put in work down there.”
Against a talented Team Breakdown team where his high-scoring teammate Marcus Zegarowski exited the game with an injury, Dana showed he is capable of being the primary option on offense and leading his team both vocally and with his game. Tate went on to score double digit points and grab 5+ rebounds in roughly a 10 minute span during the second half to keep his Expressions Elite team within 5 despite losing a top 100 player. It was an impressive display indeed.
“The biggest improvement I made this Summer was definitely my motor and my leadership. My mentor, Todd Quarles, always held me accountable and taught me the ropes of how to be a leader.”
Dana’s impressive play will see him enter the 2018 Endless Motor top 150 when the rankings are updated within the next few weeks.
On the recruiting front, Tate cut his list to 4 today and provided some insight on each of finalists:
Rhode Island – Love URI. Beautiful campus, great coaching staff, good academics and their style of play fits me.
Northeastern – Campus is real nice and their academics are high class, some of the best in the country. It’s very close to home and I’ve built a relationship with those guys on the coaching staff.
Richmond – Great coaching staff, they have good players there as well. A10 rookie and player of the year on that team. Never got to actually see the campus in person but the pictures they send are really nice.
UMass – Has a great campus as well. I had the offer when Coach Kellog was there and their new staff kept the offer on the table. They’re cool dudes over there and the location isn’t too far from me and it is near my school so I would be able to make some games.
With Dana narrowing his focus to the aforementioned programs, he will announce his commitment on Saturday, August 12th at noon.
One lucky program will get a highly versatile combo-forward with the ability to play the perimeter or the post, with the size and athleticism to defend the paint and rebound at a high rate while also having the skill to create his own shot off the dribble and knock down perimeter shots on offense.