Currently ranked as the nation’s No. 3 overall player and the second best small forward in the class of 2016 according to Scout.com, Tatum is described as one of the more versatile players in the rising crop of seniors.
“He has tremendous size for the wing position,” said Scout.com’s Rob Harrington. “He has a lengthy set of arms and is a solid all around athlete. Also, Tatum has impressive ball skills, is a good passer and has a terrific overall feel for the game. Scoring wise, he can makes shots out to 22-feet, but he's also effective in isolation situations when he can take defenders off the dribble for mid-range pull-ups or finishes at the rim.”
“Really they have said they would put me on the floor in different positions and they are telling me I’d be able to play my game in the flow of the offense,” Tatum said of Duke’s recruiting pitch. “And, I wouldn’t have any restrictions, they would want me to be the player that they are recruiting.”
In those recruiting conversations - primarily with coaches Capel and Krzyzewski - Tatum has been compared to former Blue Devil Jabari Parker and the way Duke allowed eventual No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft move around.
“Jabari Parker, for sure, is a guy I like to watch a lot. I watched him play quite a bit and I like the way they used him at Duke. They let him play his game, especially on offense. He was free to make the right decisions on the court.”
With the recruiting process ending, it appears as though Tatum will only have utilized one official visit - a trip to Duke for the game against Syracuse. He was hosted by Jahlil Okafor for the weekend.
“Really just how the coaches interact with the players and especially the game,” Tatum told Scout. “It was unbelievable. The atmosphere was awesome.”
“I really enjoyed the game,” the five-star prospect added. “I enjoyed how they took us to campus and they showed us how they lived and how they practice and things like that.”
While Duke was the only official visit in the process, Tatum has also visited St. Louis multiple times including several games throughout the season.