Stock-Risers: Tate Adding Offers
Throughout the course of the season we’ve tried to recognize various stock-risers or prospects that, through hard-work, have managed to take their game and subsequent recruitment to new levels.
Recently, there has been no better example than Cushing Academy’s Daman Tate.
In truth, Tate’s recent surge has been more of a revitalization of sorts than a new arrival.
A celebrated young prospect whose combination of perimeter size and playmaking potential generated a lot of early hype, Tate learned first-hand how empty early recruitment and offers can be.
After beginning his high school career at St. Sebastian’s, he transferred to Cushing last year but failed to make the immediate impact most expected.
There was similar frustration during the grassroots season as he bounced around to different teams without ever being able to find his footing.
Things began to change in the fall though as Tate’s infectious personality was on full display during Cushing open gyms. He was playing harder on a more consistent basis and looking to make an impact on both ends of the floor.
While his approach showed definite maturation, his decision-making remained inconsistent to start the season but both that, as well as his jumper, have made definite strides in the last few months.
Now Tate is impacting the game more consistently than ever, and on both ends of the floor, culminating with a recent 28 point performance at the NEPSAC AA Classic.
His progress hasn’t gone unnoticed by college coaches as Gardner-Webb and Canisius have both offered within the last week while others continue to express interest and schedule trips to Ashburnham.
So while his recruitment might not be done yet, Tate has undoubtedly earned recognition, not just for his talent, but for his hard-work, maturation, and consequent production.