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Jayson Tatum

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Name: Jayson Tatum

School: Duke

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 3 (2016)

Birthdate: March 3, 1998 (18)

Birthplace: Saint Louis, Missouri


- Godfather is Larry Hughes

- Father Justin is best friends with Larry Hughes

- Justin has played professionally overseas and has been in and out of Tatum's life - they have never lived together

- Justin played at Saint Louis University and now coaches High School basketball at Christian Brothers in St. Louis

- Mom Brandy Cole had him when she was 18 and raised him primarily alone

- Brandy has law degree

High School: Chaminade College Prep


- 2016 Jordan Brand Classic

- 2016 McDonald's All-American

- 2016 Nike Hoop Summit

- 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year

- Won gold with Team USA in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships

- Won gold with Team USA in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships

Twitter: JayTatum0

Instagram: JayTatum0

Height: 6'8.25 (Numbers taken from 2016 Nike Hoop Summit)

Weight: 204

Wingspan: 6'11

Standing Reach: 8'10.5

Injury History: 

- Sprained left foot in Duke's second pro day on October 25th

- Missed first 8 games of the season

- The injury doesn't appear to be hurting him through 4 games played

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Mother is a great influence on him and insists he gets his degree from Duke even if he goes to the NBA

- Calls himself the biggest mama's boy

Freshman Season Stats: Through 22 games

- 16.1 PPG

- 6.9 RPG

- 1.9 APG

- 1.4 BPG

- 1.6 SPG

- 44% FG

- 29% 3

- 84% FT

Position: SF

Greatest Strength: Scoring

Greatest Weakness: Floor game

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 7

Speed: 8

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 6

Switchability: 8

3 point shooting: 7

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 7

Handle: 7

Passing: 5

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 7

Steals: 8

Blocks: 8

Pick and Roll: 

- Tatum is elite at disrupting pick and roll opportunities - can get over screens and stop drives or show and recover on bigs

- Tatum uses ball screens almost only to score - but he gets to the rim well on them and also can pullup for a jumper or 3

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Very long arms to affect shots on D

- Athletic/bouncy

- Sometimes forgets to box out

- Aware in help but doesn't move quickly enough yet - will be a great help defender

- Plays selfish - doesn't really play within the offense, plays 1 on 1 offensively

- Good on ball defender

- Good rebounder

- High release on his jumpshot

- Good leaping ability

- Doesn't pass much

Game Analysis: 

Game 1:

- vs. Tennesse State

- #4 Ken'Darrius Hamilton

- #14 Darreon Reddick

- #3 Jordan Reed

- #33 Wayne Martin

- #5 Tahjere McCall

- Late in strong=side help to stop backdoor cut

- Misses catch and shoot right corner 3

- Stripped on catch at high post for turnover

- Tough stepback midrange hit over him but great defense almost blocked shot

- Catches left 45, drives middle, finds right 45 shooter open from 3

- Gets steal at halfcourt in full court press double team and takes it for dunk

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - miss

- Offensive rebound

- Good job getting over ball screen

- Left corner catch, jab right, left dribble pullup jumper in corner - miss

- Good backdoor cut along left baseline, bad feed so bobbled the ball and missed layup

- Good shot block in weakside help but bad positioning 

- Good defensive rebound because of long arms

- Great on ball block by Tatum on right block turnaround floater

- Catches on right block, one dribble step back fadeaway Dirk move - missed in and out

- Catch and shoot 3 at right 45 - in and out

- Catch and shoot 3 straightaway - hits

- Stepback 3 at right 45 - hits, tough shot

- Catch and shoot 3 from left 45 - miss

- Catches with deep post positioning and size advantage on McCall, fakes middle, spins right and fouled on layup - FTs 2/2

- Bad communication as defender on drive 

- Travel at top of key walking before dribbling

- Drives right from right 45, very quick first step to beat man, banks it in and 1 - FT 1/1

- Entry feed pass stolen from right 45

Game 2:

- vs. Elon

- #11 Maxwell Chester

- #22 Steven Santa Ana

- #10 Karolis Kundrotas

- #13 Dainan Swoope

- #12 Christian Hairston

- #00 Brian Dawkins

- Gets ball off steal, takes it down 1 on 1 in transition, euro step down the middle banks It in plus foul - FT 1/1

- Can switch on almost anyone

- Catch and shoot miss 3 right corner

- Drives from right 45 3, in and out dribble with the left, drives left, hangs and banks shot in with right

- Allows deep post positioning and fouls Chester going up

- Sets ball screen for Kennard, slips and drives right, misses short floater

- Catches right elbow, jabs, stepback jumper - miss

- Tatum grabs defensive rebound, pushes in transition, beats initial man on hesitation at top of key right, no help comes and he lays it in with a finger roll

- Good contest on drive left to force tough floater

- Catch and shoot miss 3 from right 45

- Strong defensive rebound in traffic

- Drives right, spins back, hits short FT line jumper

- Offensive rebound

- Catch straightaway, 2 dribble pullup hits FT line jumper

- Catches FT line, misses jumper

- Switching everything without losing a beat 

- Tips entry pass

- Good contest on right corner jumper

- Blocked shot on right drive from FT line and bumps player after - competitive

- Tips inbounds to get steal

- Drives from left corner right, misses floater in the lane

- Catch at right 45 3, drives left, misses bank floater in paint

- Uses left ball screen, pulls up for right 45 3 off the dribble - miss

- Runs lane as trailer in transition, missed dunk, got 2 putback tries but missed both

- Sets ball screen left at right 45, slips it, catches in right corner, pumps, left sidestep and hits jumper

- Great help block from weakside

- Catch and shoot 3 near right corner - miss

- Steals on ball near halfcourt and fouled in transition going up - FTs 2/2

- Great ball defense on the perimeter, shuts down drive and blocks shot

- Great take right from left 45, finishes layup over help and 1 - FT 1/1

- Catches on right block back to the basket, spins left into help gets in the air and throws pass away

- Catches at right elbow, drives right, misses bank floater

- Great denial on the baseline cut and gets steal

- Pulls up from right elbow - miss

NBA Comparison: Rudy Gay

Current Ability: 7

Projection as an NBA Player: 8.5

Projected Draft Spot: Top 8

Opinion: Tatum is a great long athlete with a good shot and scoring ability. Tatum lacks the floor game of a true superstar, but he has potential to be a 20 point scorer and lockdown defender. He reminds me a lot of Rudy Gay in how he scores and rebounds. Recently Tatum has shown flashes of a killer instinct.