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Tate showing maturity beyond his years

The Illinois basketball team is off to a 4-0 start heading into Friday's game against Chicago State, and one of the big reasons the Illini are still perfect has been the play of freshman point guard Jaylon Tate.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Illinois basketball team is off to a 4-0 start heading into Friday's game against Chicago State, and one of the big reasons the Illini are still perfect has been the play of freshman point guard Jaylon Tate.

In fact Tate leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio.  The first-year player from Chicago Simeon High School has 17 assists and only three turnovers.  That early success has come as a surprise to a lot of fans, but not so much to head coach John Groce.

"My dad has always taught me that you can tell a lot about a person in two circumstances: One when adversity hits, and two when no one is looking," said Groce.  "Jaylon Tate, when no one is looking, is getting extra work all the time.  He'll be in the gym, he's watching film, he's asking questions.  He really cares."

Illinois hosts Chicago State Friday night at 8:00 pm.
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