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College Basketball Recruiting: Point Guard Jaylon Tate Picks the Fighting Illini

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Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 5, 2012

Jaylon Tate, a 6'2" point guard from Chicago, Illinois, committed to the University of Illinois Thursday according to ChicagoHoops.com. Tate made his decision after receiving a scholarship offer during his unofficial visit to the Illinois campus.

"I got a good vibe from the coaching staff," Tate told Scott Powers of ESPN.com about his commitment to Illinois. "It feels like home. I feel comfortable there on and off the court."

Tate is considered the 34th-best point guard and the 131st-best player in the 2013 class by 247Sports.com. He had offers from Northwestern, DePaul, Colorado State, Xavier and Providence.

Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.Com said of Tate after watching him over the summer, "Tate is thin, but he can handle the ball and likes to get his teammates involved."

The three-star recruit attends Simeon Career Academy with another 2013 Illinois commit, Kendrick Nunn. Nunn, who is a four-star shooting guard, committed to Illinois last month. Tate and Nunn also play together on the Meanstreets AAU squad.

"It is going to be a lot of fun," Tate told Mike Helfgot of the Chicago Tribune. "Me and Kendrick are really good friends. We've gotten close over the past couple years. I'm excited about it and he is too."

Illinois head coach John Groce's top recruiting priority for the 2013 class was to pick up a quality point guard. Groce was hoping to nab five-star point guard Demetrius Jackson last week, but Jackson chose Notre Dame instead.

Before Tate's commitment, Illinois had the 17th-best recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.com, with four-star shooting guards Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill as well as three-star big man Maverick Morgan.

Illinois is a finalist for Huntington Prep's Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who is planning on making his decision between Connecticut, Florida State and Illinois on October 13. Rathan-Mayes is ranked the 24th-best player in the 2013 class by ESPN.com.

Coach Groce is also hoping to pick up a power forward before he closes up the 2013 class.

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