2024 guard Dink Pate has already put coaches on notice despite not playing a minute of high school basketball as a freshman just yet.
The -6-foot-5 guard has offers from SMU, Troy and UT-Arlington already with interest coming from Arizona, Texas Tech, Louisiana Tech, Illinois and Texas A&M.
SMU, who was one of the first programs to offer him a scholarship, was smart to get in when they did because the early impression will likely follow him throughout his recruitment.
“I was really excited when I got my first offer from SMU,” he said. “Back when I was in 5th grade we use to practice there. It was offer number 1 so I will always remember that offer.”
“Every offer now is great but I’m just working to live up to the hype.”
There’s only one explanation for his early high major interest, and that’s the way he plays the game.
“A lot of them have spoke to my high school coach Ced Griffin but a few coaches like Jason Terry from Arizona said they like the way I shoot and fill up the stat sheet,” he explained. “Not just as a shooter, but as an all-around player that can play one through five.”
The next step in his maturation is to improve his all-around game. He’s not focusing on anything in particular, he’s just out to prove he’s not regular.
“Everything. I don’t ever want to just be normal,” he said. “My defense and rebounding has been something I improved a lot on this summer, which helped me get more steals and dunks in transition.”
“But, I want to be the number 1 player in my class one day. So, I want to improve on everything.”