Tyrone Tate, rated as the best point guard in Chicago, has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Utah and play basketball, according to Utah Coach Lynn Archibald.

The 6-1 Tate is a senior at Weber High School in Chicago, where he averaged 16.9 points, 5.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game last year as a junior.He is a two-year starter and has twice been selected to the All-Catholic league first team. Last summer he was also chosen as the runner-up most valuable player at the B/C All-Stars Basketball Camp in Georgia, one of the nation's top summer basketball camps. He was also named to two all-tournament teams last season.

Tate is an excellent shooter. Last year he had a season-high 31 points in one game and two other games in which he scored 27 points. He needs to score 171 points this season to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career.

Weber High Coach John Bonk says of Tate: "I have been at Weber High School nine years, "and in that time he is the hardest working player I have ever been associated with. He has a great love for the game, and I think the people at the University of Utah are going to be excited with his ability to play and his outstanding personality."

"Tyrone is an excellent backcourt player who can play point or off guard," said Archibald. "He is a tremendous shooter who will give us excellent quickness in the backcourt the next four years."

Tyrone's brother, Robert, was an all-conference player for Archibald at Idaho State.