Jayson Tatum

Position: Guard
Height: 6-7 / 201 cms
Weight: 175 lbs / 79 kgs
School: Chaminade College Prep ’16
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medals: 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Member of the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team that posted a 7-0 record and captured the FIBA U17 World Championship for Men gold medal in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Member of the USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team that posted a perfect 5-0 record en route to winning gold at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay; started all five games and averaged 10.0 ppg. and 4.6 rpg.
  • Named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team on March 27, 2013.
  • Participated in the October 2012 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp, held in Colorado Springs, Colo.
High School Honors
  • 2013 MaxPreps Freshman All-American second team.
  • 2013 St. Louis Post Dispatch All-State Class 5A first team.
  • 2013 St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro second team.
  • 2013 Metro Catholic Conference (MCC) Co-Player of the Year and All-MCC first team, the first freshman in league history to earn at least a share of Player of the Year honors and first freshman in MCC history to make the first team.
  • 2013 MCC Newcomer of the Year.
  • 2013 NY2LA 16U Division MVP.
  • Earned one Creve Couer Patch Player of the Week honor as a freshman (2/23/13).
High School Notes
  • Attends Chaminade College Prep, where he helped lead his team as a freshman in 2012-13 to an 18-9 record, the 2013 MCC and Missouri District 2 crowns and an appearance in the Missouri Class 5 sectionals; started 25 of 26 games played and averaged
    13.0 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 3.8 apg., 1.4 spg and 1.5 bpg.
  • Started at the power forward position before moving to point guard midway through the 2012-13 season.
  • Posted single-game career-highs of 26 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.
Personal Notes
  • Born on March 3, 1998, in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo.
  • Son of Brandy Cole and Justin Tatum, has one younger brother, Jaycob Tatum (9).
  • Father played basketball for St. Louis University and professionally in the Netherlands.
  • Made his school’s Honor Roll for the 2012 fall semester.
  • Grandmother, RoseMary Johnson, served in the reserves.
  • Started playing basketball when he was 3 1/2 years old.
  • Tweets under the handle: @im_that_dude22.
The Inside Scoop
  • Most memorable moments of the 2012 Olympics were the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team winning gold, Carmelo Anthony’s 37-point game and watching gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas overcome all the media pressure.
  • Favorite player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team: LeBron James, “He was the most all-around player.”
  • Plans on majoring in: business.
  • If he could drive anything, it would be: a Lamborghini.
  • Currently does not drive.
  • Favorite Twitter account: Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5).
  • Top five movies of all time: Life, Batman, Friday, The Wood and Above the Rim.
  • Favorite non-sports magazine: GQ.
  • Favorite sports magazine: ESPN The Magazine.
  • Pregame meal: turkey sandwich with bacon.
  • Has a male fawn Boxer named Lennox.
  • Favorite app: Twitter.
  • Favorite sports other than basketball: football.•   Favorite class: History.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Kobe Bryant.
  • Favorite team: Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Favorite Olympian: Usain Bolt.
  • Most played song on his iPod: “Started from the Bottom” by Drake.
  • Best player ever faced: Harry Giles.
  • Most impressive person ever met: LeBron James. Tatum was young, and James was so huge and he really looked up to James as a player.
  • Would compare his game to: Shaun Livingston.
  • This right-hander wears No. 22 because: one year it was randomly assigned to him by several different teams, so he “accepted that that was the number God wanted” him to have.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: going to the movies, listening to music, playing the game and vacationing.
  • Most people don’t know: he can be really funny.
  • Has traveled out of the country numerous times, including to the Cayman Islands (2007), Europe (2004), Jamaica (2006) and Mexico (2005 and 2006).

USA Basketball Statistics

2014 U17 7/3 32- 69 .464 3- 12 .250 12- 17 .706 22/ 3.1 79/ 11.3 5 4 13
2013 U16
19- 51
4- 13
8- 11
23/ 4.6
50/ 10.0
45/ 3.8
129/ 10.8