One of the top players in the Class of 2016 will likely come off the board this summer.
Jayson Tatum, a 6-foot-8 wing from St. Louis, is considered one of the best prospects in a loaded 2016 class. The five-star wing and No. 1 overall player on ESPN recently cut his list to Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and hometown Saint Louis. It now appears a commitment is on the horizon.
Brian Feldman of KMOV in St. Louis spoke with Tatum on Tuesday, and it appears the five-star wing is down to two schools with a decision coming soon:
Talked to Jayson Tatum. Says he's down to 2 (wouldn't say which schools) b/t Duke, UK, UNC and SLU. Likely choosing this or next month.— Brian Feldman (@BFeldman) June 2, 2015
My take: between Duke and SLU. Says he'd be able to recruit to SLU. Understood rough year in 2014 after losing so many seniors.— Brian Feldman (@BFeldman) June 2, 2015
Jayson’s father, Justin, was a basketball star at Christian Brothers College High (CBC) in St. Louis. He played at Saint Louis University, and the Billikens are firmly in the running for him, despite going against blue bloods like UK and Duke.
However, the belief is the Blue Devils are in the driver's seat to land him eventually.
"A lot of people, mainly around the area, want me to stay home. I get it all the time," Tatum said in a recent interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "But I can’t base my decision on other peoples’ opinions. My parents are supportive of me whatever school I go to."
Tatum will play at Chaminade College Prep School this year, but by the time he plays his first game, Tatum will likely be committed to someone not named Kentucky.