Class of 2016 five-star small forward Jayson Tatum, out of Chaminade College Prep in Saint Louis, has committed to the Duke Blue Devils. SI.com reported Tatum’s decision.
Tatum is Duke’s first Class of 2016 commit and brings a strong mid-range scoring game to the table. He has the size for his position at 6-foot-8, 190 pounds and once he bulks up, he could become an elite defender on top of a strong scorer.
Tatum announced his decision after his St. Louis Eagles played a semifinal game at this weekend’s Nike Peach Jam tournament in South Carolina. The cherry on top of his decision was St. Louis coming back from a 23-point deficit to defeat team CP3, which featured fellow Duke target Harry Giles.
It’s a huge get for Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski, as Tatum was also considering North Carolina, Kentucky and, believe it or not, his hometown Saint Louis Billikens. Instead, he’ll head to a team that won a national championship last season and is looking good to defend its title next year, thanks to top recruits Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter joining the team.
Needless to say, Duke basketball will continue to be fun to watch over the next couple of seasons, and perhaps beyond.
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