About Tatum

by Degan, Age 14

Jayson Tatum is a professional basketball player that plays for the Boston Celtics.

Prep school

Jayson went to prep school for 4 years at Chaminade College Preparatory School. As a Freshman at Chaminade, he averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. As a Sophomore, he averaged 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. As a Junior, Tatum averaged 25.9 points per game and 11.7 rebounds per game while earning Second-team Naismith Trophy All American honours. As a Senior he averaged 29.6 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game.

He was chosen to play in the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game in January. He competed in the skills competition which he would win, and in the all-star game on March 30, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. Tatum led the East Team in scoring with 18 points and hustling 8 rebounds in a 114-107 loss to the West Team.


Jayson Tatum was a five-star recruit and was one of the top players in the 2016 class. He was ranked the #3 overall player in the Class of 2016 by ESPN. He was ranked behind Harry Giles and Josh Jackson. He committed to Duke University to play college basketball where he played 29 games. During those game, he averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. He made 45.2% of the shots he put up inside the 3 point line, 34.2% from the 3 point line, and 84.9% shooting foul shots.

On March 11, 2017, Tatum scored 19 points and 8 rebounds in a 75-69 victory against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to become ACC Tournament Champions. As the second-best team entering the NCAA Tournament the Blue Devils defeated Troy University in the first round but went on to lose to the University of South Carolina in a second-round upset. This is arguably the most shocking upset in the “March Madness” tournament history.

National Basketball Association (NBA)

Jayson Tatum declared for the NBA drafted after just 1 year of college basketball. He worked out for multiple basketball teams but the Boston Celtics had the third pick in the draft and they were the only team that brought him back for a second workout deciding he was the man of the future. When it came to draft night, the Celtics had the number 3 pick in the draft. The first pick in the draft The Sixers took Markelle Fultz, Second Lonzo Ball, third off goes Tatum.

He is now part of the Boston Celtics organization. So far Tatum’s rookie year he is in the running for the R.O.T.Y (Rookie Of The Year). During the NBA summer league, Tatum hit a game-winner at the buzzer against Philadelphia. He averaged 18.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2 assists getting him runner-up for the summer league MVP. During the regular season so far, Tatum has made some big baskets. He is averaging 13.8 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 1.4 assists. Tatum is leading the NBA in 3 point percentage at an amazing 51.5%!

Tatum is replacing Gordon Hayward in the starting lineup and doing a pretty good job. Most of the games the Boston Celtics start Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes and Al Horford.

Fun Facts

  • The most he has scored in a basketball game is a whopping 46 points, those points led Duke to a win, every team
    tatum has played on has had a winning record
  • Jayson Tatum has his own edition of Kyrie Irving’s 3rd signature shoe
  • He has had three numbers his entire career 0, 11, and 22

Photo Credits: 2016 McDonald’s All-American Boys Game by TonyTheTiger [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons; Jayson Tatum | Celtics at Wizards 4/10/18 | photo by Keith Allison

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