NEW YORK — Jayson Tatum, the No. 4 player in the 2016 Class according to 247 Sports, says he plans to cut his list soon and also take some visits this fall.
“I think I’m going to cut it down pretty soon, within the next week or so,” the 6-foot-9 Tatum told SNY.tv in the above video taken last week at the Under Armour Elite 24.
“I think I have 18 scholarship offers, I’m going to cut it down to eight or nine.”
Tatum, out of St. Louis Chaminade, listed Duke, St. Louis, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State, UConn, North Carolina and Wake Forest among those recruiting him.
Tatum said he’s hoping to take some visits this fall.
“I’m looking to get to some Midnight Madnesses,” he said.
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was among those all over Tatum at the Peach Jam and July, and he said he wants to get to Duke’s campus.
“I really want to go to Duke, I haven’t been there yet,” Tatum said.
He has talked about possibly joining forces in college with fellow 2016 stars Harry Giles and Dennis Smith, both of whom were also at the Elite 24.
“It would mean a lot,” Tatum told SNY.tv in June. “That would be something that would be very special for all of us, that is, if all three of us come together and make it happen. It’s a pretty big piece for me with the relationships to see who you would play well with on the basketball court.”
“Jayson Tatum and I talk about that all the time,” Giles also told SNY.tv in New York. “I talk to Dennis Smith, too. We all talk about it all the time, but nothing is set in stone.”
Giles and Tatum won a gold medal earlier this month with the USA U17 team at the World Championships in Dubai.
“We had a lot of fun, especially winning that gold medal,” Tatum said.
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