It’s never too early to let college basketball programs know that you have an interest in their team and university. That was the case for freshman Jayson Tatum this past weekend.
Tatum made an unofficial visit to Memphis on Saturday, taking in the Memphis Tigers’ practice at FedExForum with his mom.
The 6’5 guard attends Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis (MO). He plays club basketball with the Whatever It Takes To Succeed Training (W.I.T.T.S.) team.
Tatum has the physical makeup that projects him to grow to nearly 7 feet tall. When his arms are spread, they are 6 feet and 9 inches apart.
His athletic abilities come from his parents. His father, Justin, a former Saint Louis Billikens player, is 6’6 and his mother, also a former college athlete, is 6’1.
Tatum is considered one of the top overall prospects in the class of 2016. He is reported to have good ball handling skills for his size with the ability to create his own shot off the dribble. He has a feathery touch on the perimeter and comfortable taking a shot from behind the line.
This past summer he put his skills on display at the Fab Frosh Camp in Georgia and came away as the second-ranked prospect in the Class of 2016 for the event.
Tatum was also one of 44 high school players invited last month to the USA Basketball men’s developmental national team minicamp in Colorado Springs.
With Memphis heading to the Big East next season and being No. 2 in ESPN Class of 2013 basketball ranking, it would not be a surprise to learn of more young prospects making unofficial visits to the Tiger’s practices.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery