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USA Basketball

  • Gold Medals: 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Named to the 2016 USA Junior National Select Team that will play in the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit on Dec. 14, 2015.
  • Participated in the 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Team October minicamp.
  • Member of the 2015 USA Basketball U19 National Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Heraklion, Greece. Played in all seven games, averaged a team third-high 13.9 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game, while shooting 48.8 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point and 64.3 percent from the foul line.
  • Member of the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team that posted a 7-0 record and captured the FIBA U17 World Championship for Men gold medal in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Played in seven games, started three, averaged 11.3 ppg., 3.1 rpg. and 1.9 spg.
  • Member of the USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team that posted a perfect 5-0 record en route to winning gold at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay; started all five games and averaged 10.0 ppg. and 4.6 rpg.
  • Named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team on March 27, 2013.
  • Participated in the October 2012 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp, held in Colorado Springs, Colo. 
 

High School Honors 

  • 2015 MaxPreps Junior of the Year.
  • 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year. 
  • 2014 MaxPreps Sophomore of the Year.
  • 2014 All-Metro first team.
  • 2014 All-Conference first team. 
  • 2014 All-Conference Class 5 Player of the Year. 
  • 2013 MaxPreps Freshman All-American second team.
  • 2013 St. Louis Post Dispatch Class 5A All-State first team.
  • 2013 St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro second team.
  • 2013 Metro Catholic Conference (MCC) Co-Player of the Year and All-MCC first team, the first freshman in league history to earn at least a share of Player of the Year honors and first freshman in MCC history to make the first team.
  • 2013 MCC Newcomer of the Year.
  • 2013 NY2LA 16U Division MVP.
  • Earned one Creve Couer Patch Player of the Week honor as a freshman (2/23/13).

High School Notes

  • Attends Chaminade College Prep, where in 2014-15 he averaged 26.1 points, 10 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a junior. 
  • As a sophomore, averaged 27.0 ppg., 12.0 rpg., 5.0 apg. and 2.0 bpg. to help his team to a third-place finish at the state tournament. 
  • Helped lead his team as a freshman in 2012-13 to an 18-9 record, the 2013 MCC and Missouri District 2 crowns and an appearance in the Missouri Class 5 sectionals; started 25 of 26 games played and averaged 13.0 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 3.8 apg., 1.4 spg and 1.5 bpg.
  • Started at the power forward position before moving to point guard midway through the 2012-13 season.
  • Posted single-game career-highs of 26 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. 

Personal

  • Born in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. 
  • Son of Brandy Cole and Justin Tatum; has one younger brother, Jaycob Tatum.
  • Father played basketball for St. Louis University and professionally in the Netherlands.
  • Grandmother, RoseMary Johnson, served in the 
  • reserves.
  • Started playing basketball when he was 3 1/2 years old.
  • Tweets under the handle: @im_that_dude22.


The Inside Scoop

  • Most memorable moments of the 2012 Olympics were the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team winning gold, Carmelo Anthony’s 37-point game and watching gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas overcome all the media pressure.
  • Favorite player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team: LeBron James, “He was the most all-around player.”
  • Plans on majoring in: business.
  • If he could drive anything, it would be: a Lamborghini.
  • Currently does not drive.
  • Favorite Twitter account: Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5).
  • Top five movies of all time: Life, Batman, Friday, The Wood and Above the Rim.
  • Favorite non-sports magazine: GQ.
  • Favorite sports magazine: ESPN The Magazine.
  • Pregame meal: turkey sandwich with bacon.
  • Has a male fawn Boxer named Lennox.
  • Favorite app: Twitter.
  • Favorite sports other than basketball: football.•   Favorite class: History.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Kobe Bryant.
  • Favorite team: Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Favorite Olympian: Usain Bolt.
  • Most played song on his iPod: “Started from the Bottom” by Drake.
  • Best player ever faced: Harry Giles.
  • Most impressive person ever met: LeBron James. Tatum was young, and James was so huge and he really looked up to James as a player.
  • Would compare his game to: Shaun Livingston.
  • This right-hander wears No. 22 because: one year it was randomly assigned to him by several different teams, so he “accepted that that was the number God wanted” him to have.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: going to the movies, listening to music, playing the game and vacationing.
  • Most people don’t know: he can be really funny.
  • Has traveled out of the country numerous times, including to the Cayman Islands (2007), Europe (2004), Jamaica (2006) and Mexico (2005 and 2006).     

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2015 U19
7/0 42- 86
.489 4- 10
.400 9- 14
.642 32/ 4.6 97/13.9 15 6 13
2014 U17 7/3 32- 69 .464 3- 12 .250 12- 17 .706 22/ 3.1 79/ 11.3 5 4 13
2013 U16
5/0
19- 51
.373
4- 13
.308
8- 11
.727
23/ 4.6
50/ 10.0
11
4
8
Totals
19/3
93- 206
.451 11- 35
.314 29- 42
.690 77/ 4.1
226/11.9
31 14 48

 

 

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