CHICAGO – Back in 2006, Duke rejected about 60 percent of the valedictorians who applied, according to New York Magazine; suffice to say, you’ve got to be pretty bright to make it to Durham, N.C.
Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson will suit up on the hardwood for the Blue Devils next season, but have the smarts – boasting 3.6 and 3.4 GPA’s respectively – to compete in the classroom as well.
Certainly they can handle an impromptu spelling bee during their downtime in Chicago for the McDonald’s All American Game.
After all, the one word they have to spell out is the last name of their future head coach at Duke.
Tatum went first.
“People at my school ask me all the time if I know how to spell his last name too,” said Tatum, a forward at Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis.). “I need to learn how to spell it!”
A half hour later, Jackson, a combo guard at Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), walked into the media room, plopped down on the padded leather chair and reeled off K-R-Z-Y-Z-E-W-S-K-I like a boss.
But his feat became a lot less impressive when he fessed up about Tatum giving him the heads up about the impending question.
“I immediately looked it up,” Jackson said with a laugh. “It took me about two minutes to memorize it. But hey, now at least I know. That’s what teammates are for, right.”
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