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Duke, UNC, Kentucky Among Schools in Running for Jayson Tatum
By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOG
The top schools in the nation are trying to convince Jayson Tatum that their program is right for him.
“Illinois watched me last week,” Tatum told SNY.tv. “Coach K from Duke will watch me on Wednesday. He calls to check in on me frequently.”
Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari will also watch Tatum Wednesday..
Tatum says that seven schools are working the hardest, keeping in touch the most at the moment.
“Duke, UNC, Illinois, St. Louis, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Michigan State are showing the most interest,” Tatum said.
Tatum says that schools staying in touch is key for making a good impression.
“Whoever calls the most,” Tatum said. “Whoever stops by the school, keeps in touch really makes a good impression.”
Tatum will play with another top sophomore this summer on the EYBL Circuit with the St. Louis Eagles in Quentin Goodin, and he says that he is looking forward to seeing what the duo can do on the EYBL Circuit.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Tatum said. “We’re just learning to play with each other right now. I think we are going to be really good though. I get to play more of the wing now with Quentin and Jordan (Barnes) being able to run the point.”
With Tatum now available to run on the wing more often, he will be matched up against some of the other best players in the country at that position, and he says that he embraces it.
“I always like going up against other guys who play my position,” Tatum said. “VJ King and I love playing against each other. We’re good friends off the court, but it’s always fun to play against each other.”
The No. 4 ranked player in the class of 2016 by 247 Sports, Tatum currently holds offers from Kentucky, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, St. Louis and Wake Forest.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.