Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Christopher
Tatum was selected third overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. EverythingTop10 is proud to present, “The
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jayson Tatum!” #10. Tatum was born on March 3, 1998 in St. Louis,
Missouri, and he is the son of Christian Brothers College High School basketball coach Justin
Tatum. His mother is St. Louis attorney Brandy Cole,
and he also has a younger brother named Jaycob and a sister named Kayden. #9. His father was also a basketball player. However, his father never played in the NBA,
but he did play in college and had a professional career overseas. Tatum was in the third grade when his father
decided to come home from Amsterdam. His father gave up his dream and began to
coach Tatum. They hit things off from there, with his father
coaching and Tatum routinely playing kids two or three years older than him. #8. In April 2016, Tatum revealed that his mother
had him when she was just 19 years old, and she refused to drop out of college. She had to pass up on a volleyball scholarship
to Tennessee when she found out she was pregnant. She even took young Tatum with her to classes
when she could not afford a babysitter. By the time Tatum got into the sixth grade,
his mother had gotten her bachelor’s and law degrees from St. Louis University. #7. He played high school basketball at Chaminade
College Preparatory School in Creve Coeur, Missouri. As a freshman, he averaged 13.3 points and
6.4 rebounds per game and was named 2013 Metro Catholic Conference Co-Player of the year,
leading the Red Devils to both (MCC) and Missouri District 2 crowns. As a sophomore in 2014, he averaged 26.0 points
and 11.0 rebounds per game. #6. Prior to Tatum’s senior year, he made a
verbal commitment to Duke University over his father’s alma mater, St. Louis University. Among his senior-year highlights were a 40-point,
17-rebound game in a 76–57 win over Bentonville High School and its star Malik Monk, a 46-point
game against Huntington Prep and Miles Bridges at the Cancer Research Classic, and a final
40-point game in a win over DeMatha Catholic High School and future first overall NBA Draft
pick Markelle Fultz at the 2016 HoopHall Classic. Tatum was ranked as a five-star recruit and
was regarded as one of the top players in the 2016 class. #5. He is a three-time gold medalist with USA
Basketball and a three-time Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year. Moreover, he played in the 2014 FIBA Under-17
World Championship and 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, making the Eurobasket.com
All-World Championship Under-19 Second-Team. He also starred in the early-spring All-Star
circuit, McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago, Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon,
and the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York. #4. Tatum only played at Duke University for a
single season before deciding to enter the NBA Draft. In 29 games, the 6ʹ8ʺ small forward averaged
16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, with a 45.2% field goal percentage. #3. In his NBA debut, he recorded a double-double
with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the team’s starting power forward in a 102–99 loss
to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He then recorded at the time, a season-high
24 points in a win over the New York Knicks on October 24, 2017. He was named the Eastern Conference’s Rookie
of The Month for December 2017. He helped the Celtics reach the 2018 NBA Playoffs
as the second seed in the Eastern Conference. #2. Tatum is the godson of retired NBA player
Larry Hughes, who was his father’s high school and college teammate. Tatum is also a cousin of Cleveland Cavaliers
head coach Tyronn Lue. #1. His mother had a big influence in his life
and inspired him to do volunteer work. He helped out at a homeless shelter and also
mentored young student-athletes in his home city of St. Louis. Moreover, he used to go to their practices
and games and talk to them about problems they were facing in school. He was also present at some of their banquets
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