Pickerington Times-Sun

Boys Basketball

Central pair to play in college

Two members of the Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team signed letters of intent to play in college.

Connor Kern will play at Arkansas State and Jae’Sean Tate will play at Ohio State.

Kern, a 6-foot-4 guard, is a three-year starter who averaged 16.1 points, eight rebounds, three assists and 2.2 steals as a junior while making 42 percent of his 3-point shots to earn second-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and honorable mention all-district. He averaged 12 points, five rebounds and two assists as a sophomore to help Central win its first Division I state title.

Tate, a 6-5 forward whose father Jermaine played for the Buckeyes from 1995-97, averaged 21.9 points and 12 rebounds as a junior to earn first-team all-league and all-district. Tate, who also was ThisWeek’s Super 12 captain last year, averaged 12 points during the state title season.

Tate’s senior season ended in late January because of a shoulder injury. He was averaging 20.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.