Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, St. Louis Recruiting Jayson Tatum
By JASON MORROWSpecial to ZAGSBLOGHAMPTON, Va. – After seeing triple teams during the high school season, St. Louis Elite guard Jayson Tatum is down to getting just two defenders on him at a time on the EYBL circuit. Tatum discussed that along with the challenge of playing up after an 84-60 win over NTL Red Storm on Saturday at EYBL Session Three.
“The challenge is really just the physical aspect of the game, finishing inside, and learning how to work inside because a lot of teams double team and face guard,” the 2016 guard Tatum said when asked about being on the 17U circuit. “Just learning to work without the ball and still trying to get points.”
Tatum is listed by most accounts as a shooting guard, but says when it comes to his future position in college, he’s more flexible. Listed at 6-foot-8, the St. Louis Elite star says he will continue to grow, and play anywhere between the two and the four in college.
“They say the shortest I would probably be is 6-foot-10,” Tatum told SNY.tv.
As for the recruitment process, all of the major blue-blood programs have been after Tatum.
“Most recent schools I have heard from are Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, St. Louis,” Tatum said. “I (also) heard from Michigan State, Kansas, Florida, Illinois.”
There was no mention of a specific list as Tatum is still listening to any and all suitors.
“Any school, anywhere around the country is a possibility. It’s just where I feel most comfortable at with the coaching staff,” Tatum added. “[The college coaches] say they love watching me play and come out and hope they get a chance to coach me in college.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.