Coach K and his staff at Duke continue to dominate the recruiting trail, nabbing several top tier recruits in the past few years, like Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, most recently, highly touted small forward Brandon Ingram, who is one of the nation’s top incoming freshmen.
Duke has outdueled their chief rivals North Carolina and Kentucky once again, to nab the #2 prospect in the 2016 recruiting class Jayson Tatum, who announced his college decision Sunday morning at the Finals of the Peach Jam.
Tatum has had quite the week for a 17 year old hoops prospect, first helping Team USA win the Gold Medal in the U19 World Championships in Greece, then scoring 28 points to put his AAU squad, the St Louis Eagles, into the Peach Jame Finals, before deciding to become a Duke Blue Devil live on ESPNU this Sunday.
The 6’8 forward has drawn comparisons to former NBA great Grant Hill for his tremendous all around game, open court handles, and elite level scoring abilities, that has made him one of the most sought after players in the 2016 Class.
Although his St Louis Eagles lost to the Georgia Stars in Sunday’s Finals, Tatum averaged a ridiculous 24.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in the Peach Jam, including 52 points scored in the final 2 games, in what most experts agree as the toughest and most competitive event in youth basketball.
Tatum projects as a one-and-done type player, who will probably take over the spot at small forward for Duke in 2016, when one of this year’s most highly touted incoming frosh Brandon Ingram departs for the NBA.
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.