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Talented Jayson Tatum “definitely” interested in Kentucky

Jaysun Tatum photo submitted

Jaysun Tatum photo submitted


Chaminade College Prep coach Frank Bennett says the recruiting attention from big-time schools like Kentucky has not bothered star sophomore Jayson Tatum.

“He handles it well. He does not like to bring a lot of attention to himself. He’s not going on Facebook or Twitter and making a whole bunch of noise,” Bennett said. “He is very humble. If I give him recruiting mail, he may not even open it immediately. He’s so humble he just doesn’t let stuff like that change him or go to his head.”

Bennett says Tatum “definitely” has interest in Kentucky.

“He is still young and taking all this in stride and appreciating every second of it,” Bennett said. “This is not just something that happens every day. He takes it in stride and knows to go one step at a time. The next few years we are going to try and get out and play the best competition we can play. You’ve got to play the best to be your best. That will be our goal and what we will try to do.”

That competitive national schedule could likely include a trip to the Marshall County Hoop Fest in western Kentucky in December.

“We have a couple of good opportunities and we definitely think playing at Marshall County would be good for us. We would even like to play two games there if we could because of all the good things we’ve heard about the event,” Bennett said.

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  1. Kokamo Joe

    Occasionally I post about one of the interesting aspects of having Calipari is the excitement of recruiting. The Advocate is front and center in bringing details about the kids that Calipari is trying to put on the fast track to UK. We can read about what high school coaches, parents, and other people think about prospect long before they commit to Calipari. The thing that makes this reporting different from the past is that these prospects are really talented and all of them are possible future stars. I well remember the days of Gillispie when he was recruiting children rather that future one and done. Parents of a couple of young kids that Gillispie had committed the University to actually moved to Kentucky…one to Scott County and the other to Clark County. Calipari wisely withdrew the UK offer to both. Last time I heard about them, one was playing for Asbury College and the other had transferred from Western Kentucky. When we read about kids like the one in this story they can play and we might get them.

    1. larryvaught

      Joe,Tatum is a keeper for sure

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