May 29, 1968 |
Newark, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Union Catholic Regional
(Scotch Plains, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|1990–1993||New Jersey Nets|
|1993–1995||Quad City Thunder|
|1995||Quad City Thunder|
|1997||Fort Wayne Fury|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||736 (4.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||180 (1.0 rpg)|
|Assists||325 (1.8 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Tate Claude George (born May 29, 1968) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 22nd overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft from the University of Connecticut. A 6'5" (1.96 m) and 190 lb (86 kg) guard, he played a total of four years in the NBA for the Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 4.2 points per game in his career.
College career and prior NBA
George is best remembered for his miraculous buzzer-beating shot to defeat Clemson in the Sweet Sixteen of the 1990 NCAA Tournament. With only one second left in the game and UConn down by 1 point, Scott Burrell threw a full court pass to George. George caught the pass, spun around and released a 15-footer with 1 second on the clock. The shot fell through as time expired, and UConn won the game.
George was a member of the Quad City Thunder CBA Championship Team in 1993-94, with George averaging 16.4 per game. The Thunder defeated Omaha 4-1 in the finals, winning last three on road to claim the title. The Thunder won the opener in double overtime after George tied the game with last-second buckets at both the end of regulation and of the first overtime. The Thunder then lost the second game in triple overtime, but won three straight in Omaha, the last in OT.
On September 30, 2013, George was found guilty on four counts of federal wire fraud. Each count carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His bail was immediately revoked, and was scheduled to be sentenced January 16, 2014. Sentencing has since been delayed to May 2014.
On January 21, 2016, in New Jersey federal court, George was sentenced to nine years in prison for his involvement in the aforementioned Ponzi scheme. Upon his release he is ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution. He will also be on three years of supervised release after serving his sentence.
On April 14, 2016, The Real Deal magazine released information that the Bayrock Group, namely former employee Michael Chudi Ejekam, was heavily involved with residential real estate deals, partnering with George on several occasions. Ejekam, along with former Bayrock CFO Jody Kriss, are currently plaintiffs in a $1 billion extortion lawsuit against such prominent figures as Donald Trump and Todd Kaminsky.
- Senior Management (profiles) – The George Group.
- Hughes, C. J. "After Sports Careers, Vying in the Real Estate Arena," The New York Times, Wednesday, July 21, 2010.
- Henry, Samantha. "Ex-NBAer Tate George Charged". AP. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011.
- "Ex-NBA Player Tate George Convicted of Fraud". ABC News. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
- Putzier, Conrad "Bayrock Group named in Tate George fraud case" The Real Deal, Thursday, April 14, 2016.