Closer Look: Jayson Tatum

As one of the top recruits coming out of high school, Jayson Tatum showcased what made him so highly touted in his lone season at Duke University.

Hailing from St. Louis, Tatum was at a premiere player at Chaminade College Preparatory School, sending the school to its second Missouri Class 5A State Championship. As a senior, Tatum averaged 29.5 points and 9.1 rebounds, while tallying six games where he scored 40 points or more.

His strong performances garnered several accolades, including the coveted Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2016. Additionally, Tatum was a key contributor during his time with the Team USA FIBA teenage competitions, where he collected three-consecutive gold medals from 2013-15.

This all eventually culminated in Tatum becoming one of the nation’s top recruits heading into college, where he would elect to play at Duke under legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The Missouri native was forced to miss the first eight games of the season due to injury, however, the 19-year-old bounced back nicely to play in 29 games while averaging 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest.

 

 

 

A crafty scorer, Tatum demonstrated his offensive versatility throughout the season. Whether utilizing his shooting range or his athletic ability to drive and finish at the rim, Tatum proved that he was fully capable of being a dangerous weapon for his team.

Defensively, the Duke star was able to call upon his impressive combination of size and quickness to aid him in guarding an array of different positions both on the perimeter and between the blocks.

The highlight of the season for the freshman came in a matchup against ACC rival Virginia where Tatum recorded a season-high 28 points along with eight rebounds.

 

 


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