BROOKLYN – (Official player bio from NBA) – Jayson Tatum, an early entry candidate from Duke University, was drafted at No. 3 overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: One of five final candidates for the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Julius Erving small forward of the year award as a Duke freshman. … An All-ACC Third Team pick, USBWA All-District III honoree and member of the ACC All-Freshman Team. … Owns three gold medals with USA Basketball. … In high school, selected as the 2016 Gatorade Boys National Player of the Year. Freshman (2016-17): Averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds to rank second in each category on both the team and among ACC freshmen. … Shot 45.2 percent from the field and 84.9 percent from the free throw line. … A three-time ACC Freshman of the Week honoree. … Ranked fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage, 10th in rebound average and 12th in scoring. … Set a Duke single-season record with six games of at least 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks — third most in the Duke career record books. … Ranks fourth on the Blue Devils’ single-season freshman charts in free throws made (118), fifth in both free throw percentage (84.9) and rebounding, seventh in scoring, eighth in blocks (1.1 bpg) and 10th in both steals (1.3 spg) and minutes (33.3 mpg). USA Basketball: Has won three gold medals with USAB. … Averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds to help lead the United States to a first-place finish at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship. … At the 2014 FIBA U17 Worlds, averaged 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds. … Posted 10.0 points and 4.6 rebounds at the 2013 FIBA U16 Americas. … At the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit with the U.S. Junior Select team, scored 14 points in a win over the World Select team. … Participated in the 2015-16 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team minicamp.
High School: Averaged 29.5 points and 9.1 rebounds as a senior with Chaminade HS. … Ranked as the No. 3 recruit by ESPN and Rivals and No. 4 by Scout and 247Sports. … Named 2016 Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year and Gatorade National Player of the Year. … Naismith Award finalist. … Played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic, tallying 18 points in each game. … A Naismith Trophy All-American, MaxPreps All-American and USA Today All-USA First Team pick. Strengths: Smooth athlete with a polished offensive game. … Scores from many different spots on the floor. … Terrific isolation player who has great command of his dribble and gets easy separation from defenders. … Prototypical size and length to defend both forward spots at the NBA level.
Personal: His father, Justin, played forward at Saint Louis University and averaged 8.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over three seasons.
“This is a dream come true and everything that I’ve ever wished for,” said Tatum. “I’m so happy to be drafted by an organization like the Boston Celtics.”