Tatum making huge impression

Jayson Tatum was a top performer at the NY2LA Swish N Dish. Despite playing up an age level he was dominant at times, and college coaches will be flocking to see him play in April.

Despite being a class of 2016 prospect, Jayson Tatum has already made a big name for himself at the high school and AAU level. The 6-foot-6 wing from St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade was the MVP of the 16 and under division at the NY2LA Swish N Dish and will be a heavily talked about prospect all spring and summer long.

During his high school season Tatum drew comparisons to players such as Shaun Livingston and Kyle Anderson based on his style of play. However he just focused on the year as well as getting better, and overall he says the season turned out pretty good.

"I had a very successful first year in high school," said Tatum. "We started off kind of slow at 3-6, but then we picked it up and we came together as a team and made a good run."

Recruiting wise some of the top colleges in the country have already extended offers to Tatum or are staying in close contact.

"Marquette, Missouri, Memphis, Kansas, Illinois, and Florida have all offered," said Tatum. "I am also talking to Michigan State, Indiana, and St. Louis."

Tatum has already been to Kansas, and says it was great to get an offer so early in his high school career from them.

"It is great and very humbling," said Tatum of the KU offer. "I couldn't believe they offered me this early. I love Kansas, it is just amazing to get an offer from Kansas as a freshman."

Also Kansas' arch rival Missouri has made sure to make Tatum a high priority from day one, and he is building a good relationship with the coaching staff.

"Coach Frank (Haith) is a great guy and I love talking to him," said Tatum. "They have been recruiting me for a while and I like Missouri a lot."

Another school that is all over Tatum is Illinois. Illini assistant coach Jamall Walker has known Tatum for a long time having played at St. Louis University and knowing both of his parents.

"Illinois is a great school," said Tatum. "Coach Walker and my parents go way back from college, so it is good to have a relationship like that with a coach."

For now Tatum is just working on getting stronger as well as improving his game overall, and if the first tournament of the spring was any indication he is going to be receiving a lot more attention as the years go on.

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