Stay Connected with Duke Athletics
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad





Height: 6'8"
Weight: 205
Year: Freshman
City/State: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Chaminade College Prep


Career Stats

• Played in 29 games with 27 starts
• Averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game
• Declared for the NBA Draft on March 22, 2017, after one season at Duke

• One of five finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award
• Earned USBWA All-District III honors
• A third-team All-ACC selection and a member of the ACC All-Freshman Team
• Named ACC Rookie of the Week three times (12/12, 2/13, 2/20) and Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week once (12/13)
• Named to the All-ACC Tournament first team after leading the team with averages of 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals as Duke became the first team to win four games in as many days to claim the championship
• Played in 29 games, starting 27 times, and averaging 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks in 33.3 minutes per game
• Missed the first eight games of the season with a foot injury
• For the season, ranked fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage (.849), seventh in defensive rebounds (6.0), 10th in total rebounds (7.3) and 12th in scoring (16.8)
• Ranked second among ACC freshmen in scoring and rebounding
• Averaged 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in ACC play
• In conference play, ranked fifth in the ACC in defensive rebounds (5.8), seventh in free throw percentage (.853), ninth in total rebounds (7.2) and 16th in scoring (16.1)
• Averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two NCAA Tournament games
• Led Duke in rebounds 11 times, scoring eight times and assists six times on the year
• Scored in double figures 26 times, including seven games with at least 20 points, and recorded three double-doubles
• Threw down a team-high 18 dunks on the season
• Finished the season ranked fourth on Duke's freshman charts in free throws made (118), fifth in rebound average (7.3) and free throw percentage (.849), sixth in scoring average (16.8) and 10th in minutes (33.3)
• Made his Duke debut in the home win over Maine (12/3), finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds
• Lit up No. 21 Florida for 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting and eight rebounds in the Jimmy V Classic win at Madison Square Garden (12/6)
• Had 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the win over Elon (12/21)
• Put up 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the home win over Georgia Tech (1/4)
• Scored 22 points on just nine field goal attempts and added four steals in a home win over Boston College (1/7)
• Tallied 19 points and a season-high 14 boards in Duke's win at No. 20 Notre Dame (1/30)
• Had 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists in Duke's home win over No. 8 North Carolina (2/9)
• Dropped a season-high 28 points to go along with eight boards in the victory at No. 15 Virginia (2/15); tied Duke's single-game freshman record with six three-pointers on the night
• Recorded his second double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds at Syracuse (2/22)
• Had 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a home win over No. 15 Florida State (2/28)
• Opened the ACC Tournament with 20 points, nine boards and four assists in a win over Clemson (3/8)
• Scored 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting to help Duke down No. 10 Louisville in the ACC Tournament quarters (3/9)
• Had 24 points and seven rebounds as the Blue Devils defeated No. 6 North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semis (3/10)
• Accounted for 19 points and eight rebounds in the win over No. 22 Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament final (3/11)
• Registered his third double-double with 18 points, 12 boards, four blocks and four steals in the win over Troy in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (3/17)
• Had 15 points against South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (3/19)

USA Basketball
• Owns three gold medals as a member of the USA Basketball program: 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship
• Recorded 14 points and four rebounds to help the U.S. defeat World Select at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland
• Selected to participate in the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team minicamp
• Averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds to help lead the U.S. to gold at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship
• Helped guide the U.S. to gold at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship with averages of 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds
• Averaged 10.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest as the U.S. won the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship
• Named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team

High School
• Ranked as the No. 3 overall recruit in the 2016 high school class by ESPN and Rivals, as well as No. 4 overall by Scout and 247 Sports
• Named 2016 Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year, joining Greg Paulus (2005) as the two Duke players to win the award
• Named 2016 Gatorade National Player of the Year, becoming the second Duke player to earn the honor (Jabari Parker, 2012)
• A 2016 McDonald's All-American, scoring 18 points and grabbing five rebounds in the game
• Named to the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic, scoring 18 points and recording eight boards
• A finalist for the 2016 Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year award
• A first-team USA Today All-USA selection, Naismith Trophy All-American and MaxPreps All-American as a senior in 2016
• Earned inclusion on the Louisville Courier-Journal Super Five first team
• Named Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year and All-USA Missouri Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in 2016
• Averaged 29.5 points and 9.1 rebounds, posting six 40-point games, as a senior to lead Chaminade to the Missouri Class 5A state title
• Named to the 2015-16 All-USA Preseason Boys Basketball Team by USA Today prior to his senior season
• Averaged 26.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game as a junior in 2015 earning second-team Naismith Trophy All-America honors and National Junior of the Year accolades from MaxPreps
• Earned his second consecutive Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year and was named the All-USA Missouri Player of the Year in 2015
• Averaged 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds as a sophomore in 2014 to claim MaxPreps Co-National Sophomore of the Year honors
• Collected second-team MaxPreps Freshman All-America honors and was the first freshman in Metro Catholic Conference history to be named Player of the Year after averaging 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in 2013

• Born Jayson Christopher Tatum on March 3, 1998, in St. Louis, Mo.
• Son of Justin Tatum and Brandy Cole
• Father played basketball at Saint Louis University
• Has a brother, Jaycob, and a sister, Kayden

View Full Bio
Draft Night Look-Back: Jayson Tatum
NBA Draft Preview: Coach K on Jayson Tatum
That's Duke Basketball: Tatum Dunk vs UNC