Five-star wing and Class of 2016 recruit Jayson Tatum has narrowed his list down to four schools and will make a decision soon. Steve Clark of Scout.com reported the update on Tatum’s decision-making process.
Currently starring at Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis, Tatum has narrowed his list to Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Saint Louis.
Tatum has previously mentioned that he’s unsure about North Carolina in the wake of the school’s alleged academic scandal, and that he would love to attend Saint Louis since his father went there. At this point, though all four schools are under consideration, it’s looking like Duke and Saint Louis are the two favorites.
Tatum could be great at Duke, as he is a long and athletic wing at 6-foot-8, 190 pounds and can play and defend most positions. His jump shot isn’t where it should be for head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s offense, but he has a year to improve it and could ultimately be a Justise Winslow-type player in that system.
But Tatum going to SLU would also be interesting, as it is incredibly rare for a five-star recruit to head to a non-Power 5 program.
The Billikens play in the Atlantic 10 and are coming off a season in which they finished dead last in the conference at 11-21 (3-15 A-10). Adding a dynamic player in Tatum would instantly make them a team to watch next season and his being from St. Louis would be a great storyline that the university could use to its advantage.
Nothing is official on Tatum’s end yet, but Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
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