Jayson Tatum is the new No. 1 in the 2016 player rankings. A 6-foot-8 wing out of St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade, Tatum jumped from No. 2 up to the top spot with a solid, but impressive spring playing with the St. Louis Eagles on the Nike EYBL circuit. Tatum stands out because of his scoring ability, overall skill level and versatility. For his size, Tatum is a very good ball handler and for stretches can play with the ball in his hands. He has tremendous vision and is a talented passer. Over the years Tatum’s scoring attack as improved. He’s able to go off the bounce and make pull-up jump shots with ease, but he’s also a good finisher at the rim, a capable shot maker from three and is developing a back to the basket game. Tatum was a standout at the recent Kevin Durant Skills Academy and one NBA scout told Scout.com that he was one of the best players there. "He's 6-8, very skilled and knows how to player," the NBA scout said. "He stood out from the group despite being one of only a couple of underclassmen." Tatum averaged 18.9 points and 6.5 rebounds a game with the Eagles in the EYBL. He went for 26 points and 11 rebounds a game at Chaminade during his junior his season.
OTHER CONTENDERSWhen considering the top spot for the 2016 class, the Scout.com crew considered four players. To go with Tatum, Josh Jackson, Harry Giles, the former No. 1, and Thon Maker were also under consideration.
|Jackson ranks No. 2 (KellyKline/UnderArmour)|
TOP 10 HAS NEWCOMERSWhile the top of the 2016 top 10 was the same cast of characters as last go around, the bottom half of the top 10 had some shake ups. Dennis Smith, Kobi Simmons, Derryck Thornton and T.J. Leaf are all new names to Scout.com’s 2016 top 10. While they are new to the top 10, all four were ranked in the top 25 last time we updated rankings.
|Thornton closes spring strong (KellyKline/UnderArmour)|
OFF TO QUICK STARTAt this stage there are only four committed players in Scout.com’s updated top 75. Jamie Dixon and Pittsburgh lead the way with a pair of commitments. Mustapha Heron, Scout.com’s No. 16 ranked prospect, and shooter Maverick Rowan, who is ranked No. 43, are both committed to Pittsburgh. UCLA holds the highest rated commitment to date, as point guard Lonzo Ball ranks No. 14 overall. The other player committed on the list is No. 39 Frank Jackson. He’s committed to BYU.