Jayson Tatum joins lineup of college basketball royalty at Duke


5 NCAA championships, 11 championship appearances, 16 Final Four appearances, and a 755 NCAA tournament winning percentage; with numbers like these, it is no wonder why Duke University is one of the greatest college basketball programs in NCAA history. However, they wouldn’t have been able to reach this status without getting some of the all-time greatest players in college basketball. Players like Christian Laettner, Shane Battier, and Grant Hill, just to name a few. Each of these players played different positions and did different things to impact the team. But the one thing that they all share, besides their school, is the fact that they are all NCAA champions. With a reputation like this, Duke has become the premiere university for players that want to take their career to the next level.

One of these players is our very own Jayson Tatum. Jayson is the number two recruit in the class of 2016 according to ESPN, and is one the most well-rounded players in recent years. According to SB Nation, “Tatum isn’t the type of high-school player to leave you wondering about his upside, because he’s already that good right now.” Over the summer, Jayson announced on national TV that he would be taking his talents to Duke University. Jayson is just one of the many players that have entrusted their careers to Coach Krzyzewski and his staff.

The number fourteen recruit in Jayson’s class, Frank Jackson recently committed to Duke, as well. As a sophomore, Jackson verbally committed to Birgham Young University, BYU for short, when he was just a solid three-star player. But now he has grown to become a talented five-star recruit who popped up on Duke’s radar. Jackson is proof that when Coach K calls, you answer regardless of previous commitments. Both he and Jayson did exactly what any player with their talents and aspirations should do: go to Durham, North Carolina and join the best players and coaches in the country.