Jayson Tatum or Jayson Christopher Tatum is a professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association. He was born in St. Louis Missouri on March 3, 1998. The 23-year-old basketball player is currently signed with the Boston Celtics and plays the small forward and power forward positions.
Tatum was part of the basketball team of Chaminade College Preparatory School during his high school years. During his freshman year, he was proclaimed as the Metro Catholic Conference Co-Player of the Year averaging 6.4 rebounds and 13.3 points. In 2014, the sophomore Tatum averaged 11 rebounds and 26 points per game. As a junior, he participated in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League by joining the St. Louis Eagles Amateur Athletic Union. He continued to do well in his senior year including earning 17 rebounds and 40 points in the game with Bentonville High School and averaging 9.1 rebounds and 28.6 points per game. Due to his many achievements, he was named Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2016 and listed under the McDonald’s All-American game in the same year. He also became a five-star recruit and ranked third in the overall college basketball recruitment.
Duke University was Tatum’s choice to progressed his collegiate academic and basketball career. His first year at Duke earned him two ACC Freshman of the Week awards, an All-ACC Tournament Team, and ACC All-Freshman team. After a short stint with Duke University, Tatum signed with the Boston Celtics in 2017. By December of the same year, he was named Rookie of the Month in the Eastern Conference. During the 2020-2021 season, Tatum was recognized as the first player to score 50 points in the history of the playoffs of the NBA. He was also named as the only player in the history of the NBA to score more than 50 points twice in a regular season.
Before becoming a professional basketball player, Tatum was part of the US national team and played in the FIBA World Championship twice and the Nike Hoop Summit. He was also part of the All-World Championship U19 Second Team of Eurobasket.com.
Professional Career Highlights and Awards
- 2018 NBA All-Rookie First Team
- 2020 All-NBA Third Team
- 2020 and 2021 NBA All-Star