USC Recruiting

He’s a clutch shooter, a 3-time state champ and an SC player the Gamecocks are after

What’s the latest on Myles Tate’s recruitment? USC target weighs in

2020 in-state point guard Myles Tate updates his recruitment on April 13, 2019.
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2020 in-state point guard Myles Tate updates his recruitment on April 13, 2019.

P.J. Hall, a 6-foot-9 220-pound forward, says he’s been playing with Myles Tate since “I was little.” So count Hall among the least surprised people in the Upward Star Center on Saturday when Tate demanded the basketball, got it and hit a clutch jumper to give their team a lead late in an AAU game.

“I’m not not going to rely on it,” Hall said. “Like, ‘OK, we’ll be all right. We’re not gonna have to work for it.’ But I do know it’s OK to get the ball to Myles because I know what he’s going to do.”

Tate, whether with Hall on Dorman in the winter or with Hall on Upward Stars in the spring, has long established himself as one of South Carolina’s most trusted guards in crunch time. The three-time state champion was at it again Saturday, scoring Upward’s final four points — including a contested 18-footer with 1:11 left — to help Upward beat Team Loaded NC, 79-76, as part of the Adidas Gauntlet Series.

“It comes from a lot of repetition,” Tate said. “A lot of reps when nobody’s in the gym watching. Whatever you do there, it just comes out in games.”

Tate averaged a team-best 19.5 points per game as Upward went 2-2 over the weekend. A top 150 national player in the 2020 class, Tate is, according to 247Sports, the No. 2 prospect in SC, sitting only behind Hall.

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The Gamecocks were his only offer from a Power 5 school until Monday, when Clemson offered.

“They wanted to come into my house for a home visit,” Tate said of USC’s plans last week, “but it got canceled do to something happening in Coach (Frank) Martin’s family. So I hope everything’s OK with that. So, yeah, that’s the only visit I have set up right now. We plan to reschedule soon.”

Tate, a 6-foot point guard, holds additional offers from Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Presbyterian, South Florida and Wofford.

More college coaches are bound to set eyes on Tate and Upward — the roster includes Hall and Keenan’s Dillon Jones (Carolina offer) — during the live evaluation period, April 26-28. Upward is in Dallas that weekend, competing in another Adidas Gauntlet event.

“I’m excited for the live period,” Tate said. “I’m just taking my recruitment slow right now because I only got one chance at recruitment, so I’m just gonna see who hits me up and what happens.”

He said at least three members of the USC staff — Frank Martin, Chuck Martin, Bruce Shingler — stay in contact with him.

“All of them talk to me,” Tate said.

They watch him, too. Tate averaged 17.1 points, 5.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game last season en route to being named the 2019 Herald-Journal/GoUpstate Boys Player of the Year. Facing McDonald’s All-American — and Tennessee-bound — Josiah James in December, Tate scored 24 points, had five assists and grabbed four rebounds as Dorman held off Porter-Gaud in overtime.

Afterward, James called Tate a “great player.”

That narrative continues this spring.

“It’s just the energy that I have,” Tate said. “I love the game, it’s a passion. It’s a passion when you hit those shots and you just get hyped and your teammates hyped with you. It’s a great feeling.”

Andrew Ramspacher has been covering college athletics since 2010, serving as The State’s USC men’s basketball beat writer since October 2017. His work has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Virginia Press Association and West Virginia Press Association. At a program-listed 5-foot-10, he’s always been destined to write about the game. Not play it.
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