Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/15/13
Freshman Jaylon Tate is the first true point guard Illinois has had in awhile. Tracy Abrams can play the one, but he’s better suited off the ball. Obviously, there’s Sam Maniscalco, but he had such a short tenure and didn’t accomplish that much. I just have trouble accepting the idea of Demetri McCamey being a pure, true point guard because he was well, Demetri McCamey. The fact that he meant so much to Illini basketball for so long was less a testament to his talent and more indicative of the fact it was a rough period for a few years there. But Jaylon Tate is a true distributor, a genuine floor general. Tate was second team all state at Simeon, 6-3 160 backup point guard, played 18 minutes, had 2 assists in the opener. “Tate has a high IQ. He has a great attitude, wants to learn, he’s a pro’s pro which is rare for someone his age. Film, skill development, etc,” Illini Coach John Groce said about Jaylon Tate. “that’s why he’s so good and he’s so special,” said Nnanna Egwu. Jaylon Tate was an afterthought recruit, Kendrick Nunn was the primary focus. Tate was the throw-in. But here is, in just his second game, 2 assists away from a double double, playing 25 minutes in his second game. And Jaylon Tate has an impressive assists to turnover ratio as well. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the country; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS  Catch him Tuesdays talking Illini and Northwestern for KOZN 1620 The Zone, Fridays talking Chicago Bears for WAOR 95.7 The Fan   The post Jaylon Tate: first true Illini PG in awhile appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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