According to Scott Burgess of ChicagoHoops.com, Kentucky has offered 2016 point forward Jayson Tatum a scholarship. Cal watched Tatum over the weekend, and was so impressed that he offered the freshman a scholarship to play at Kentucky. He’s the first player Kentucky has offered in the 2016 class, which also includes phenom Seventh Woods.
Tatum told Burgess that he was “blessed” to get an offer from Cal, and that Cal told him he’s in rare company:
“Coach Cal said he had only offered four underclassmen and he said he can tell I’ve grown a lot over the last year. He wants me to come down when I get back from USA to visit.”
When asked about Cal, Tatum said that he likes how he helps his players reach their dreams: “I like how he doesn’t hold his kids back. Lets them play and helps kids reach their dream and get to the NBA.”
Tatum also has offers from Florida, Kansas, Marquette, Memphis, and Missouri. Why did Cal offer him a scholarship so soon? At 6’7″, 175 lbs., Tatum has the size to be an elite player, along with an advanced skill set for a kid his age. In a profile for SLAM, ESPN National Recruiting Analyst Reggie Rankin says that Tatum’s upside is why coaches are offering him so soon:
“Obviously he’s talented and has size. But his skill level is so far developed at this stage. He can make plays usually kids his age are not that advanced to do. He’s got great size and a feel for the game, and ahead of his time for his grade. Being a 6-7 wing player, and versatile, will give him the opportunity to be a special player.”
Watch the young man work.