Tatum flashes major potential

Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum made a big impression with his play over the weekend and will be the subject of a big time recruiting battle.

It is very early to start talking about freshmen in high school, but some are simply too talented to ignore. One of them is St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade forward Jayson Tatum. The class of 2016 prospect put on a show over the weekend and flashed his major potential.

At about 6-foot-6 and 170 pounds it is clear that Tatum is still growing into his body, but his skills are already fully developed. Tatum scored 25 points in a huge win over rival St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers, and in the process showed what type of future he has.

"We had a great week and played some tough teams," said Tatum. "We always get fired up to play a conference rival like CBC and since we were 0-2 against them we came out with an edge and ready to play."

One thing that makes Tatum so interesting is he doesn't have a true defined position on the floor. However his season changed when he was asked to be the playmaker for his team.

"I started off playing the four and I wasn't really productive," said Tatum. "I then talked to coach and he moved me to the point and that has gone extremely well."

Coming out of high school in the 2012 class one player had that same reputation and Tatum says that is who he studies.

"Kyle Anderson from UCLA," said Tatum of who he models his game after. "I watch him a lot. I also have heard quite a few Shaun Livingston comparisons."

In terms of recruiting Tatum already has had numerous schools come in to see him.

"I know Illinois, Michigan State, St. Louis, and I think Missouri," said Tatum of the colleges that have been by.

Already Tatum has made visits to both Missouri and Kansas. He says at this young age seeing some of the best environments in college basketball is a great thing.

"It is extremely fun and I enjoy being there," said Tatum. "Seeing a crowd like Kansas and their tradition was great."

Recruiting however isn't really on Tatum's mind right now. He is focused on getting better on the floor, and so far the future looks real bright.

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