The Duke Blue Devils have one of the best teams in the country going into the 2016-17 season and they are the odds-on favorite to win the national title, which would be their sixth overall. However, one of their star incoming freshman, Jayson Tatum, is not listening to the hype at this point.
Tatum is one of the 2016 signees that have given the Blue Devils the top-ranked recruiting class this year. He spoke with the Associated Press earlier this week and let everyone know that he and the team are tuning everything else out and just want to get on the court to work.
“We’re really not looking that far ahead,” Tatum said. “With this freshmen class, six guys have never played a college basketball game, so those expectations, we’re just looking at the process.”
Tatum joins the class of 2016 that also includes fellow five-star players Harry Giles Jr. and Frank Jackson.
While the ultimate goal is to be one of the four teams playing in Arizona next April, the Blue Devils know how important not looking too far ahead truly is.
However, it is hard not to label them as one of the Final Four teams with returning players like Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson and Luke Kennard on the court. If Jayson Tatum is already showing this quality of a great leader, it is hard to believe he won’t be ready once the Blue Devils take the court in November.
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