Who is Jayson Tatum?
Jayson Tatum is an American basketball player who currently plays for the ‘Boston Celtics’ of the ‘National Basketball Association’ (NBA). Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Jayson was trained in basketball from an early age. His mother had him when she was 19 years old and raised him as a single mother. She dealt with difficult financial conditions but left no stone unturned in making her son’s dream of playing in the ‘NBA’ come true. He attended the ‘Chaminade College Preparatory School’ and was one of the best players on the school basketball team. He was also rated as a five-star recruit. During his junior year of college, he averaged 13.3 points per game. In his sophomore and final years, his average was 26 and 29.6 points per game, respectively. Following his high-school graduation, he enrolled at ‘Duke University.’ He missed the first few games of his college team due to a foot injury. His exceptional performance had him getting picked up by ‘Boston Celtics’ in the 2017 ‘NBA Draft.’ In May 2018, he was named to the ‘NBA All-Rookie First Team,’ following many extraordinary performances.
Childhood & Early Life
Jayson Tatum was born Jayson Christopher Tatum, on March 3, 1998, to Justin Tatum and Brandy Cole, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was conceived when both his parents were 19 years old and were not married to each other. When he was born, his mother decided to raise him as a single mother. However, his father was always around to support them.
His father, Justin, was a basketball player who played for ‘St. Louis University.’ He later took up a job as a gym teacher and a basketball coach at the ‘Christian Brothers College High School’ in St. Louis.
His mother was a law graduate from ‘St. Louis University’ and practiced law later. However, as an undergraduate student, she struggled to find proper financial means to raise Jayson.
Jayson’s association with basketball began as a child. While his father played basketball and was also a coach, his godfather was ‘NBA’ player Larry Hughes, who was his father’s college and school teammate.
Jayson grew up to a great height, which made him apt for being a basketball player. His father, too, told him several times that he was built for basketball. This led Jayson to become interested in the sport early in his life. By the time he stepped into his teenage years, he played the game against much bigger and older players.
Jayson joined the ‘Chaminade College Preparatory’ and soon became a star of the school’s basketball team. During his high-school years, he befriended future ‘NBA’ player Matthew Tkachuk. Thus, a solid foundation was set for Jayson’s basketball career.
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In 2016, Jayson enrolled at ‘Duke University.’ During his debut college season (2016–2017), he missed out on a few games in the beginning, owing to a foot injury. He eventually made his debut in December 2016. In his debut match, he scored 10 points to lead his team to a win over ‘Maine.’
Over the next few weeks, he consistently performed well to lead his team to victories over major teams such as ‘Florida,’ ‘Georgia Tech,’ and ‘Miami.’ His team, the ‘Duke Blue Devils,’ entered the ‘ACC Tournament Championship’ finals in March 2017. In the finals, Duke defeated the ‘Notre Dame Fighting Irish’ to win the championship. Jayson scored 19 points and 8 rebounds in the match, thus playing a decisive role in his team’s championship victory.
Tatum’s average throughout the tournament was 22.0 points per game. Hence, he was named to the ‘All-ACC Tournament Team.’
Despite winning the ‘ACC Tournament,’ Duke’s performance during the ‘NCAA Tournament’ was far from good. Duke was exiled in the second round itself. However, Jayson’s personal performance was exceptional, as he scored an average of 16.5 points per game.
Following a successful freshman season, Jayson decided to aim straight for the ‘NBA Draft,’ where he was projected as a first-round selection.
The ‘Boston Celtics’ general manager, Danny Ainge, made a controversial move to acquire Jayson, who was picked as number 3 overall in June 2017. His first tournament with the ‘Celtics’ was the 2017 ‘NBA Summer League’ event, which took place in Utah. Jayson performed according to people’s expectations and averaged 18.7 points per game, with 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 2.0 assists.
He also performed brilliantly in other tournaments and was named to the ‘All-Summer League Second Team,’ alongside big names such as Bryn Forbes and Kyle Kuzma.
He made his ‘NBA’ debut against the ‘Cleveland Cavaliers,’ in which he recorded a double-double, scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Despite that, his team lost the match 102–99.
However, Jayson performed his career’s best against the ‘New York Knicks’ in October 2017, scoring 24 points and thus playing a decisive role in his team’s victory. He was named ‘Eastern Conference’s ‘Rookie of the Month’ for December 2017.
The ‘Celtics’ entered the 2018 ‘NBA Playoffs.’ During the tournament, Jayson once again played the key role in many of his team’s victories. In a second-round game against the ‘Philadelphia 76ers,’ he scored 28 points, which was the all-time highest score in a playoff by a rookie playing for the ‘Celtics.’
He also became the youngest player to score more than 20 points in four consecutive ‘NBA Playoff’ games. He then scored his fifth 20-pointer in the same tournament, claiming another record. He also became one of the two players to score 20 points in 10 games during the rookie playoffs.
In May 2018, he was named to the ‘NBA All-Rookie First Team.’
He has also represented his national team in many overseas tournaments. He played in the 2014 ‘FIBA Under-17 World Championship’ and the 2015 ‘FIBA Under-19 World Championship.’
Family & Personal Life
Jayson is a religious man. He was raised in a religious family that followed Christianity. He has credited all his success and fame to Jesus Christ.
‘NBA’ legend LeBron James has praised Jayson and said that “he’s built for stardom.”
He and his former ‘Duke’ teammate, ‘NBA’ player Harry Giles, are good friends.
Jayson has dated Samie Amos publicly for a while. However, recently, it was rumored that the couple was about to break up. Samie confirmed it by putting up a social-media post accusing Jayson of infidelity. It was later revealed that he had been cheating on Samie, with Toriah Lachelle. He is reportedly having a child with Toriah.