By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOG
On Wednesday night, North Carolina entered the fray of colleges vying for Jayson Tatum’s commitment.
Tatum, a 6-foot-7 wing forward out of Chaminade St. Louis (MO) High School, has made an immediate impact in the class of 2016, picking up a slew of offers, including Kentucky, Florida, Kansas, Ohio State, Missouri, and now North Carolina.
“It means a lot,” Tatum told SNY.tv. “Coach Roy Williams is a great coach. Talking to him, and him giving me a scholarship has meant a lot.”
The fifth-ranked player in the country by ESPN, Tatum shined on the U.S. U16 National Team, scoring 10.0 points per game, while adding 4.6 rebounds, en route to the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Uruguay.
“It was a great experience,” Tatum said. “It was extremely fun, and great to see how you match up with those guys at practice, and see how your skill set does. Most of all, it just builds relationships, and you know we are all close.”
Tatum will be staying at Chaminade this year, rather than transferring to play with his father at Christian Brothers College High School.
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