Tatum Getting Visitors

Jayson Tatum is the top-ranked player in the 2016 class nationally, and he's already seeing some of the top programs in the country sending coaches his way this fall to come see him.

Wednesday afternoon Illinois Head Coach John Groce checked out the nation’s top junior in St. Louis (MO) Chaminate small forward Jayson Tatum. We caught up with the class of 2016 five-star to get an update on how the visit went.

Tatum, who may be the premier prospect nationally regardless of class, is only a junior, but the 6’8” wing has the versatility to play all three perimeter positions with ease and is an elite scorer. Tatum said he enjoyed seeing Groce in the gym and did get to speak with him.

“Today was really just catching up seeing how I was doing," he said. "(He asked) how things were going.”

With his ability to play multiple positions at a high level, Tatum could fill a variety of roles for any program. Where does Groce and his staff see him in their offense?

“As a wing and also have the ball in my hand,” Tatum said.

Tatum’s passing ability might be his most underrated quality. He sees the floor and makes the right decision with the rock in his hands. The junior works well around screens and can initiate the offense in a point forward role if that is how his future school wants to utilize him.

Illinois scored a commitment from 2015 four-star shooting guard Jalen Coleman-Lands out of the state of Indiana on Tuesday to go along with Simeon small forward D.J. Williams and Plainfield East shooting guard Aaron Jordan. Tatum has seen several of them play and likes what the Illini have put together so far.

“Yeah they have a great class," Tatum said. "(It's a) great group of guys.”

Tatum's recruitment has a lot of time still to play out, and a decision will not be made for some time. His list of scholarship offers, which more or less includes everyone in the country, has been narrowed down to a top 10 of Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, St. Louis, UConn, and Wake Forest.

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