Six-foot-five point guards don't come around very often. It's even more rare when those players haven't reached high school yet.
Jayson Tatum, son of former SLU star Justin Tatum, will play his high school ball at Chaminade College Prep. The Red Devils have churned out such talent as David Lee, and most recently, Bradley Beal.
Tatum runs with WITTS (Whatever It Takes To Succeed) on the AAU circuit, and had a very productive spring. His squad won its age division at a national Nike tournament in Atlanta against some of the best competition in the country.
The incoming freshman has already received significant interest from some big-time coaches.
The elder Tatum told BillikenReport.com that Tom Crean (Indiana), Bill Self (Kansas), Missouri, Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa State, and Baylor are among the schools that have inquired about the talented and versatile guard. Washington's Lorenzo Romar coached Justin at SLU, and has also been quick to take notice of the younger Tatum's skills.
The Billikens will also figure to make a hard run at Tatum, and some of his WITTS teammates. Justin said that SLU is currently in the "top five" and with the family's loyalties to the school, it could likely be there until the end.
WITTS also features talented guard Jordan Barnes and six-foot-six big man Will Gladson, the latter of which will join Tatum at the prestigious Fab Frosh Camp in Atlanta this weekend.
Tatum showcases strong ballhandling for his size and a heady ability to find open teammates. Additionally, he possesses range out to 22 feet and a strong work ethic. Known as a "gym rat", he gets in workouts anywhere from four to six days a week.
If he keeps growing, which he should, expect Tatum to get to around six-foot-eight. Justin is six-foot-six and Jayson's mother is six feet tall.
Just like with any young prospect, there are a few areas of improvement. Strength is the most glaring, and will certainly come along with age. Also, Tatum must work on his inside touch. He has a deft touch from mid-range and deep, but struggles in the post to find accuracy around the rim, especially against bigger opponents.
The Fab Frosh won't be Tatum's first go-around at a top-flight camp. He attended the John Lucas Camp and according to several sources, he showed a strong floor game.
Overall, Tatum is definitely one to watch. He could very well end up as a Top 25 or 50 prospect in the Class of 2016.