Hawk-Item – – Named one of two captains for 2008-09 season.
2008-09 – – Missed nine games total due to ankle injury . . . started 18 of 23 games in which he played . . . scored in double figures in seven games and had 10 or more rebounds in five games . . . led team in rebounds in 11 games, in steals in six games and in scoring in three games . . . 12 points (4-5 FGs) and four rebounds vs. Michigan in Big Ten Tournament . . . 15 points (7-9 FGs) and 10 rebounds in win over Penn State . . . five rebounds, three points and two steals in 27 minutes at Northwestern . . . seven points (2-2 FGs, 3-3 FTs) and three rebounds at Michigan State . . . did not play against Wisconsin or Purdue due to ankle injury . . . five rebounds and two points in win over Northwestern in return to action . . . played just 8 minutes vs. Minnesota before suffering injury . . . season-best 22 points and 11 rebounds in win over Indiana, hitting 6-6 FGs and 10-11 FTs for sixth-career double-double . . . 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals in win over Iowa State . . . eight points and 12 rebounds in win over Bryant . . . seven rebounds, four points, two blocked shots and two steals at Boston College . . . 10 points, including game-winning layup as time expired, along with seven rebounds in win over Kansas State . . . 11 points and tied a career-high with 13 rebounds for fifth career double-double in win over Oakland . . . 18 points (8-9 FGs, 2-2 FTs), five rebounds, career-high three blocks and two steals in win over UTSA . . . nine points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in win over Charleston Southern.
2007-08 – – Played in 31 games, with 19 starts . . . honored as recipient of 2008 Chris Street Award . . . averaged 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in all games, shooting 66.7% from the field . . . averaged 10.6 points and seven rebounds in Big Ten action . . . led the Big Ten in field goal percentage (70.2%) in league games only and ranked third in rebounds . . . recorded fourth career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Michigan in Big Ten Tournament . . . 14 points (4-7 FGs, 6-7 FTs) and six rebounds in win at Northwestern . . . five points, eight rebounds and two steals vs. Illinois . . . 11 points (5-7 FGs) at Penn State . . . named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week for his play vs. Michigan State and Northwestern . . . career-high 26 points (10-13 FGs, 6-7 FTs) and nine rebounds at Michigan State . . . third career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in win over Northwestern . . . 10 points and six rebounds against Michigan . . . 15 points and eight rebounds against Wisconsin . . . two points and six rebounds in win over Ohio State . . . seven points and a career-high 13 rebounds in win over Penn State . . . eight points and five rebounds at Indiana . . . 21 points (8-10 FGs) and 11 rebounds in win at Michigan . . . 10 points and five rebounds vs. Purdue . . . nine points and seven rebounds in win over Michigan State . . . 10 points (4-5 FGs, 2-3 FTs) and six rebounds at Ohio State . . . eight points and eight rebounds at Wisconsin . . . eight points (3-3 FGs) and seven rebounds against Indiana . . . 10 points (3-3 FGs) and six rebounds in win over Southeastern Louisiana . . . did not play vs. Utah State due to injury . . . nine points and two assists in win over MD Eastern Shore . . . five points and eight rebounds in win over Idaho State.
2006-07 – – Played in all 31 games, with 22 starts . . . averaged 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, shooting 46.2% from the field and 66% from the free throw line . . . in Big Ten games only, ranked 19th in the conference in rebounds per game (4.8) . . . three rebounds vs. Purdue in Big Ten Tournament . . . four points and seven rebounds in win over Illinois . . . recorded first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, along with a career-high three steals, in win over Purdue . . . two points and seven rebounds in win over Northwestern . . . six points and four rebounds at Wisconsin . . . six points and four rebounds in win over Indiana . . . four points and four rebounds in win at Michigan . . . six points and a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Wisconsin . . . two points and five rebounds in win over Penn State . . . three points and four rebounds at Indiana . . . three points, four rebounds and two blocks in win over Minnesota . . . career-high 14 points and nine rebounds in win over Michigan State . . . four points and five rebounds in win over Texas Southern . . . two points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in win over Iowa State . . . six points and nine rebounds in win over Coppin State . . . six points, three rebounds and two steals vs. TX-Pan American . . . four points, seven rebounds and two assists at VA Tech . . . four points and five rebounds at Arizona State . . . nine points, seven rebounds and two steals in win over Toledo . . . 13 points (6-7 FGs) and three rebounds in win over The Citadel . . . 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks in exhibition win over Buena Vista.
Junior college – – Attended Northeast CC for one season, starting 29 of 31 games . . . named junior college all-American while earning all-region and all-conference recognition averaged 19.6 points and 11 rebounds per game, shooting 60.4% from the field and 66.7% from the free throw line . . . recorded 36 blocked shots in 31 games.
High school – – Named to Illinois Basketball Association (IBCA) and City Suburban all-star teams as a senior . . . earned all-state honors as a senior . . . earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior in the SICA East Conference . . . named one of top five post players in state of Illinois as a senior in 2004 . . . led team to second place finish in state tournament and was named team co-Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior . . . averaged 11 points and nine rebounds as a junior and eight points per game as a sophomore . . . three-year varsity letterman.
Personal – – Born 9/23/85 . . . Psychology major . . . parents are Katherine Jefferson and Winfred Tate . . . junior college coach was Dan Anderson . . . high school coach was Roy Condotti.
Tate’s Career Bests
Points: 26 at Michigan State, 2/23/08
Rebounds: 13, twice, last vs. Oakland. 11/23/08
FGM: 10 at Michigan State, 2/23/08
FGA: 13 at Michigan State, 2/23/08
FTM: 10, twice, last vs. Indiana, 1/3/09
FTA: 17 vs. Michigan, 3/13/08
Assists: 2, five times, last vs. Illinois, 3/1/08
Steals: 3, three times, last vs. UNI, 12/9/08
Blocks: 3 vs. UTSA, 11/17/08
Minutes: 42 vs. Penn State, 3/07/09
Tate’s Career Stats