Jayson Tatum is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and talented players in the country, regardless of class and is ranked No. 1 overall in the ESPN 60. This past summer he helped the USA U17 team win gold in Dubai and was voted Biggest Matchup Problem by his peers after a dominant AAU season. That kind of production has college basketball heavyweights like North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and Arizona, among many others, applying the full-court recruiting press. Tatum has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a monthly blog.
Yo, what’s up everybody? It’s Jay!
We’re in the playoffs now and we’ve got the Elite 8 on Saturday against Hazelwood Central. We had a great win over Lafayette on Wednesday, 72-40. We dominated early so I got to sit out and rest in the fourth quarter.
We’re gonna come out and give it everything we have because we’re chasing that state title!
You know how people always say that it’s a lot different when it comes to playoff time? Well, that’s true. It just seems like every possession counts even more, the games seem longer, you seem like you have to exert yourself more and, with us being ranked No. 1 in the state, it’s more pressure because we get everybody’s best shot.
Every game has literally gotten tougher for us; but I definitely feel like we’re up for the challenge.
I took an official visit to Duke recently and I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. I went in there wondering how crazy it was gonna be because of everything I heard about their fans and things like that and it was better than people said.
I got there with my family Thursday night and spent all Friday and all Saturday and some of Sunday with the coaches and the players.
I got a good feel for the campus and the school. I checked out a few classes and went to practices and the game too.
That’s the loudest crowd I’ve ever heard! They said if I had been there for the game against Carolina I probably would’ve went deaf!
The fans were crazyl
They were chanting my name and then they started chanting that they wanted me to come sit with them. I wasn’t gonna go at first, but then they kept going so I went and sat with them for a little bit. It was pretty cool.
I took pictures with a few of the fans and signed autographs and that was cool. It’s different, but I get a lot of that in my hometown with a lot of kids that want a picture or an autograph. It’s cool; I don’t know how to explain it. It’s different.
We sat down with Coach K in his office and had a really good talk with him too. I remember when I first met him I was a little star struck, but now I know him personally so it’s more chill.
I would definitely give the visit a 10 out of 10.
I don’t have another visit scheduled as of right now; I’m gonna focus on winning this title and go from there.
It’s funny because the other coaches who are recruiting me texted me before I went to Duke and when I got back too. That happens a lot with visits, haha!
Oh, I’ve gotta tell y’all about something cool me and my teammates did recently at homeless shelter here in our city; we cooked dinner for some of the people there on a Saturday night.
It was real cool; we had beef brisket, mashed potatoes, string beans and all that!
We did a pretty good job with it. It was cool because some of the people there knew who we were because they watch our games on TV. I had a good time; it definitely felt good to help out.
School is good too.
Right now I’ve got a 3.5 and I’m still trying to get it even higher.
On the music, y’all already know I’ve got that Drake; then I’ve got Lil Wayne Sorry for the Wait 2, Yo Gotti Concealed and that new Fabolous album too!
OK, y’all thanks again for checking out my blog; next time you hear from me I’m hoping you’ll be reading about how we won the state title!
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