2024 Dink Pate had an amazing summer with Team Trae Young and was recently recognized for his play at the Adidas All-American Camp. His recruiting is going extremely well, as he just added another big offer to his roster from Arkansas. He talks about the magnitude of the offer he was getting, how his summer went, how his game was breaking down and what visits he might make down the road.
Phenom: How was this summer for you? What was it like playing with your guys from the Trae Young team?
Pate: I love the summer ball. It’s always fun. I never like the big break at the end of the season and waiting for the AAU to start; I like to play all year round. This summer has been exciting and fun with all the places we’ve traveled and the opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of. Playing for TTY is great. I have cool and fun teammates to play with. I love interacting with them on and off the pitch.
Phenom: What more did you hope to show about your performance on the big stage? How would you best describe your game?
Pate: I intend to improve every day as a general player. I will never feel like a finished product. I am grateful for the gifts God has given me. I’m a scorer for sure and a great shooter, especially from deep, but what I think most people are starting to see the best part about my game now is that I’m a point guard game. I play playmaker; I am a real leader. I can involve everyone and make plays for my team on both sides, not just as a scorer. I had 15 assists in one game during 3SSB Rock Hill. I’ve always played as a point guard and I want to be respected as a point guard. I’m tall but that doesn’t mean I can’t be a productive leader. it gives me more of an advantage of being tall.
Phenom: What was it like finishing the summer at All-American Camp?
Pate: It was an honor and a huge privilege to be part of the AA camp and to be considered one of the best players in the country. A blessing for sure.
Phenom: Recruitment went extremely well. I just got an offer from Arkansas. How was it to get this offer of this program, how did you hear about it, what did the staff have to say and what kind of relationship were you able to develop with them?
Pate: It was a great opportunity to hear Coach Muss. We’ve been in touch for weeks now and are still talking about basketball. He’s in summer league scouting some players and still took the time to talk to me and propose to me. This Arkansas deal is one I’ve been really waiting for and is definitely at the top of my list.
Phenom: What makes them so high in your eyes?
Pate: Just the style of play they have. The fun energy they play with. And playing for a player’s coach like Coach Muss and the fact that he really likes Dallas-area players.
Phenom: What other schools really made you a priority in the beginning?
Pate: Kentucky, LSU, Houston, SMU, TCU, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Alabama, UCF, Texas Tech, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Washington, Arizona State and Arizona.
Phenom: Have you ever been able to make visits?
Pate: Just a few, but I plan to make official visits soon.
Phenom: Which schools do you think will be on your official visit list? And which schools have you already visited?
Pate: I plan to make an official visit to UCF and Oklahoma State soon. And I don’t know what other schools. I have already visited TCU, SMU, Texas A&M, Lamar and Houston.
Phenom: Do you have a dream school?
Pat: Honestly no. I’m just happy to be in the position I’m in. I haven’t even fully broken down my recruitment. I don’t plan to make a decision until my senior year.
Phenom: Is there something you look for when talking to programs or doing tours?
Pate: I just want an opportunity to play early, maybe start. I want to be used as a point guard and play in a high level offense and go One-and-Done.