WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 10 PICK
PLAYER SUMMARY: Tatum was named the Gatorade National Player of the year as a senior in high school last season. He was part of one of the best recruiting classes in Duke’s history this past season. He started off the year injured and missed a few games. However, he is now healthy and has shown off the skills that have made him such a highly touted NBA prospect.
Tatum is as smooth a player as there is in college basketball. He has prototypical size for the small forward position. He also sports a 6’11” wingspan. When we evaluated him in high school we were extremely impressed with his offensive repertoire. It has only seemed to get better as his work with the Duke coaching staff has made his game even better.
We are most impressed with his multiple ways of scoring. He can hit the 3-point shot, post-up down low, and drive and attack the rim. He is an above average ball-handler for his height and position and should only improve in this area as he gains more game experience. The 6’8″ freshmen has also improved his play-making abilities. This current Duke team has multiple NBA players on it and he has fit in real nicely once he came back from injury.
A question we had on him was whether he could defend on a consistent basis at the college level. So far, we have liked what we have seen. As he matures, Tatum shows the ability to guard multiple positions. This will only enhance his value for his future NBA team. He is a good rebounder who in time should be above average. We would like to see him become more aggressive.
In our opinion, Jayson Tatum is an elite NBA prospect. We don’t see many glaring weaknesses in his overall game. We consider him to be a better prospect than Brandon Ingram, who was a star at Duke in 2015-16, and was the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. When comparing him to a current NBA player, he reminds us of All-Star Paul George. They have a lot of similarities in their game, although George might be a little better athlete.
Tatum is a sure-fire top 10 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. This upcoming draft is looking to be one of the better ones in the last decade with a handful of potential superstars in it. We put Tatum in that category. In 3-4 years, Jayson Tatum just might end up being the best player to come out of the 2017 NBA Draft. His ceiling is sky-high.
To read our 2016 high school profile on Jayson Tatum, CLICK HERE.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF JAYSON TATUM
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