The Nike EYBL circuit hit Lexington, Kent. over the weekend, which provided an easy opportunity for the nation’s top prospects to show off their skills for Kentucky coach John Calipari. Jayson Tatum, considered by some to be the top overall recruit in the Class of 2016, didn’t disappoint.
The St. Louis native got the ball off a turnover on the fast break and took it straight to the hoop, where he was met by a defender, the same guard who had just lost the ball on offense (to give him some credit). Tatum elevated, threw home a monster slam and then had time for a low key celebration with a teammate as they headed back upcourt while their opponents called a timeout.
Yes, Calipari was courtside. Yes, he saw Tatum’s explosive athleticism in all its glory from feet away. No, this doesn’t change anything, because Calipari was already pushing out the boat to try and bring Tatum to Lexington.
Still, it goes without saying that Tatum certainly did his future no harm with his rather remarkable dunk. If you weren’t tracking him already, make sure you do now. There are doubtless plenty more plays like this to come in the year ahead.