Jae'Sean Tate was born in 1995 in Toledo, Ohio. He is the son of Jermaine Tate and Cori Key. Jermaine played college basketball at Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati before playing professionally overseas. Cori died tragically when Jea'Sean was young. Jermaine and his stepmom Jenice Tate later raised Jae'Sean. Jae'Sean has a tattoo of a key on his leg to honor his mother. Tate played his high school basketball at Pickerington Central, which is outside of Columbus. At Pickerington Central, Tate was teammates with fellow NBA veteran Caris LeVert. When Tate was a sophomore, his high school team won the 2012 Division I championship. As a senior, Tate was named Co-Player of the Year in the Ohio Capital Conference. Tate then played four years of college ball at Ohio State. He spent the 2018-19 season playing for the Antwerp Giants in Belgium. In 2019-20, Tate was a wing for the Sydney Kings in Australia, where he scored 16.4 points a game and was named to the All-NBL First Team. Tate was an Ohio Sate Buckeye from 2014 through 2018. In the 2014-15 season, the forward averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, started the last 16 games of the season and earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors. He was known for occasionally playing center for OSU despite being 6-foot-4. As a sophomore, Tate's averages increased to 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest before a shoulder injury ended his season early. As a junior, Tate was selected to the Honorable Mention All-Big Ten team and led Ohio State in scoring with 14.3 points per contest. Tate was a co-captain his senior season (2017-18), earned Second Team All-Big-Ten honors and helped lead the squad to a 25-9 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance. After college, Tate played the 2018-19 season with the Antwerp Giants in Belgium. For 2019-20, Tate starred for the Sydney Kings of the NBL and earned All-NBL First Team honors. He began his NBA career when the Houston Rockets signed the former Buckeye in November of 2020.