Ain't no time like the present, I guess. Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari extended a new offer today, and it's to a prospect that won't play college ball until 2016. The recipient of the coveted offer? Jayson Tatum, a forward from Chaminade Prep in St. Louis. The news was first broken by Scott Burgess of Chicago Hoops.
Calipari and his staff scouted Tatum at the Nike EYBL Tournament in Hampton, VA this past weekend. That scouting apparently was enough to earn Tatum an offer. He becomes the first Kentucky offer in the 2016 class, and joins 2015's Skal Labissiere as the only underclassmen prospects with offers. Karl Towns received his offer as a sophomore, though he reclassed to 2014 the same day he committed to Kentucky.
Tatum is the godson of former NBA player Larry Hughes, and amazingly, Kentucky isn't even his first offer.
Jayson Tatum listed offers from Marquette, Missouri, Illinois, Florida & Kansas. #EYBL— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) April 27, 2013
If there's anything set in stone, it's this: 2016 is a loooong way away.