2016 blue chip recruit Jayson Tatum will make a college basketball program better in the near future, and the key to landing him will be location in the end. The coaches chasing him will be pleased to hear that the small forward out of Chaminade College Prep (MO) is getting more serious about his nutrition lately, which should make a huge difference during his junior season.
“I’m in the weight room a lot more now and it’s all about sleeping good, eating right, drinking protein shakes and things like that,” Tatum said to USA TODAY Sports. “I do a lot of squats to make sure my legs are strong. People in my family have a history of tearing their ACL, so I want to make sure my legs are strong. That’s the main thing.”
The family history is a bit disconcerting to hear from Tatum, but it is quite smart of him to take preventative measures.
Teams that have currently made him an offer include the Kansas Jayhawks and the Duke Blue Devils among others. He has not completely tipped his hand, so we will have to resort to guess work in suggesting where he might go.
In my mind, locality is going to be the crucial element of his recruitment, and it would not surprise me to see Bill Self land another top commit. That would most likely seal up the Big 12 title in the 2016-2017 season, and it would add one more recruiting notch to Self’s ever impressive belt.