Prospect Profile | Jayson Tatum

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Jayson Tatum

6’8” 205 LBS F

Season Stats:

29 G | 33.3 MPG | 16.8 PPG | 45.2 FG% | 34.2 3FG% | 40 3FGM | 84.9 FT% | 7.3 RPG | 2.1 APG | 1.3 SPG | 1.1 BPG

Career Notes:

• The second-leading scorer and rebounder on a 28-win Duke club that took the ACC Tournament title and prevailed in its opening NCAA Tournament game, Tatum was both an ACC all-freshman and all-conference third team selection. He ranked tenth in the league in rebounding (7.3 rpg), and fifth in free throw percentage (84.9 ft%).

• During Duke’s pre-season pro day in late October, Tatum sustained a left foot sprain that sidelined him for the first eight games of the Blue Devils’ season. Upon making his debut December 3rd against Maine, the St. Louis native wasted little time making an impact. He opened his collegiate career by rattling off 12 straight double-digit scoring outings, registering at least seven rebounds in five of those contests.

• On the season, nearly half of Tatum’s field goal attempts were jump shots, with him hitting 35.1% of these tries. He enjoyed a particularly strong string of games from the perimeter in the midst of conference play, a stretch highlighted by a 28-point, six 3-pointer showing at Virginia in February. Tatum, a pre-season Wooden Award nominee, was at his most proficient around the basket, where he was able to put his size and strength to use, converting 57.3 percent of his shots.

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• Throughout the season, Tatum displayed effective defensive tools. With Duke relying on a man-defense heavy scheme, opponents, according to Synergy Sports calculations, managed to deposit just 32.2 percent of their shots taken against Tatum, and were held to 0.72 points per possession.

Did You Know?:

According to an article from April 2015, Tatum’s dad, Justin, considers former Sixer Larry Hughes a best friend. The two grew up together in St. Louis, attended the same high school (Christian Brothers College), and also suited up alongside one another for the Saint Louis University men’s basketball program. In 1998, the Sixers made Hughes the eighth overall pick in the draft, only to trade him the next season as part of a three-team deal that brought Toni Kukoc to Philadelphia.

Quote of Note:

“I think it was a great season. It started off a little rough, being injured and being a freshman and things like that, but towards the middle and end of the season I think I really grew as a player. Just being more aggressive and just being a better scorer and being a better defender, rebounder and just hitting shots.” – Tatum, (3/22/2017)

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