Tatum to Duke
The 2nd best high school player in the country, according to ESPN, announced where he will play his college ball in the winter of 2016 after his St. Louis Eagles squad defeated Team CP3 in the semi-final round of the Peach Jam AAU circuit.
Coach K will have the pleasure of coaching the 6'8 swing man out of St. Louis, Missouri.
Tatum is the first commit for the Blue Devils in the 2016 class and possibly the best one. Tatum scored 28 points, shooting 11-19 from the field against Team CP3, who was led by the #1 player, Harry Giles. Tatum helped lead his team back from a 20-point deficit.
Washington Wizards' guard, Bradley Beal, a former Eagle and schoolmate of Tatum at Chaminade Prep, said that Tatum is his pick for #1 player in the country because of his versatility – along with his St. Louis roots – and more polished game. After watching both Giles and Tatum play one another, I couldn't agree more with Beal.
What I like most about Tatum is his mid-range game, which I think is a lost art in the sport of basketball now. To see a young high school player, picking his spots just outside of the paint was very enjoyable to watch but 22 of his 28 points did come inside the paint, so he can bang down bottom.
Along with the mid-range game, he is also very smooth on the court, especially offensively. For his age, he has a very mature game, doesn't take a lot of bad shots. The only knock I have against him is his size, which is fixable. Not to say that he needs to bulk up, but just become stronger. Overall I think this is a great pick up for the Blue Devils, who is on there way to a third straight #1 recruiting class.
Duke is also on Giles' top school list and with him being close friends with Tatum, don't be surprise if Coach lands both the #1 & #2 players in the country.