Tate is shooting over 50% from the field this year, and 37% from 3 point, which is higher than guys like Deshaun Thomas at any point in his OSU career. He's 6'4" and is .1 rebounds away from leading the team. He leads the team in steals by .5 per game, and is second on the team in assists per game. Yes, his free throw shooting is terrible but that's something he can work on.
Saying you don't understand why he gets so much love indicates you either 1) haven't watched OSU basketball this year...or ever, or 2) just don't know how to evaluate guys. Tate's motor and love for the game is apparent and reminds me a lot of Craft, and we know Thad loved Craft.
We have several bigs who have shown more potential in these 20 games than Amir Williams did in four years. Lyle is talented but just needs to shake the freshman blues (remember Jon Diebler's freshman year? <30% from 3). KBD is Evan TUrner waiting to happen. AJ Harris is going to be a first team all-B1G point guard before he leaves. Last year's team at least made it to the dance, and these guys just ooze raw ability. Just have to pull it together.
Thad has never had a team this young (very few coaches have), and none of these guys are going to bounce to the NBA until at least their junior year - there's a lot of time to build on a solid foundation. We're likely an NIT team this year, bordering on a tourney team (with a good win or two or solid B1G tourney showing), why would we be NIT bound next year?