It seems to be that this is the time when recruits are making cuts to their list of schools. Yesterday was Brandon Ingram and now today, highly touted 2016 recruit Jayson Tatum announced via his Twitter account (@Im_that_dude22) a list of the schools in alphabetical order that made his list. He tweeted that Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mizzou, North Carolina, Saint Louis University, UCONN, and Wake Forest are his final 10 schools.
The 6-7, 190 lb small forward is easily considered to be one of the top, if not the top recruit in the class of 2016. The Saint Louis, Missouri product has 2 in-state schools on his list (SLU and Mizzou) as well as the mainstays such as Duke, UNC, Kansas, and Kentucky. The surprise of all might be Danny Manning’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Manning has been doing a great job recruiting as well as turning the school back into one that can get heralded recruits again.
Notably, not making the cut is Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators, The Indiana Hoosiers, UCLA, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Mark Gottfried’s Wolfpack. Again, this would be a tremendous get for any school, not only Duke. Tatum is an unbelievably athletic kid, especially in the fastbreak where he can finish well above the rim and with a variety of moves. His long arms help him block shots on defense and as well helps change shots as well. Tatum has a very good jump shot, showing that he has the range to knock down threes and that he has a mid-range game. Jayson has also shown that he can handle the ball well, whether it’s in transition, driving, or backing down a defender.
He can catch and shoot as well as create his own shot off the dribble. Last season for the Blue Devils, Rasheed Sulaimon seemed to be the only person who could create off the dribble with any success and that showed when Duke began to settle for jump shots. Tatum also is an underrated passer, showing an ability to drive and find the open man, as well as throwing the ball ahead for an easy basket. Listed as the #3 recruit in his class, Jayson still has his junior and senior seasons before a decision is made.
Again, the 6-7 to 6-9 swingman has been emerging as playing a key role in both college basketball and the NBA. These players can either be positioned at the 3 or 4, depending on their rebounding skills and height of defenders. Tatum is another elite swingman that has been highly recruited by the top schools after only playing two years of high school basketball.
*Height, weight, class, position, and hometown from ESPN.