Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting: Looking at the 2016 Offers

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On Monday, we took a look at Thon Maker, who recently received an offer from John Calipari and Kentucky Wildcats Basketball.  Maker is a unique talent who apparently is 50/50 on reclassifying into the 2015 class or staying in the 2016 class.  Maker is not the only player to have gotten that elusive offer so today we look at three more players that have gotten 2016 offers.

 

Photo from Jayson Tatum's Twitter account: @Im_that_dude_22

Photo from Jayson Tatum’s Twitter account: @Im_that_dude_22

JAYSON TATUM
SG – 6’7, 175
CHAMINADE – ST LOUIS, MO

RIVALS: ***** (4)
SCOUT: ***** (2)
24/7: ***** (5)
ESPN:  ***** (3)

OTHER NOTABLE OFFERS:  Duke, North Carolina, Missouri, Michigan State, Indiana, Kansas, Saint Louis, Illinois

It’s no secret that John Calipari likes big guards, so it should be no shock that Jayson Tatum was Kentucky’s first official offer of the 2016 class. Tatum can play either the two guard or the wing due to his size and has developed a solid midrange game and shoots well from long-range. He is a good rebounder and plays strong defense and is basically everything you would want from a wing. Thing is, Tatum may just outgrow the position. Some sites have him at 6’8 and Tatum has said he will be 6’10 to 7’1 when he is finished.

Tatum has mentioned that he does like Kentucky but he has no real leaders in his recruitment. At various times, he has talked about North Carolina, Duke, and Kansas as well, so this should be a full-fledged battle for his recruitment. He has taken an unofficial visit to Lexington this year and has met with Calipari three times. He will be attending a camp at Kansas this weekend and has stated his intent to just play one year of college ball.

 

Here is how ESPN evaluates Tatum:

Strengths:
Tatum is a smooth and versatile skilled wing that can get to the rim. He is a good finisher and really displayed the ability to hit the floater with touch and body control. Tatum has a very good basketball IQ and to along with be a good competitor. He can make open shot with range to the arc off the catch as well. Tatum has the length, skill and IQ to defend all three perimeter positions.

Weaknesses:
Tatum will need to get stronger and be a better scorer off the dribble and on the move when he has to adjust at high speeds and make a play which he is very capable. Also Tatum has the length and athletic ability to be a more affective rebounder on both ends of the floor.

Bottom Line:
Tatum is a smart, smooth and skilled wing that can play and defend multiple positions. He can score and make plays on the break and within the half court offense. Tatum must continue to add to his game but has excellent upside.

 

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