There's now a Tom Brady-sized hole in the hearts of all Boston sports fans. With Brady out of the picture for the first time in two decades, there's plenty of opportunity for a new star to rise up and take control of the city, though.
If the 2019-20 NBA season is any indication, it sure looks like Jayson Tatum is ready to rise to the occasion. But while he's only recently broken out at the NBA level, a quick look at Tatum's high school highlight tape shows he's always been poised for stardom.
Jayson Tatum High School Mixtape
Playing at Chaminade College Preparatory School, Tatum was ridiculously productive in all four years of high school ball. After earning Metro Catholic Conference Co-Player of the Year honors as a freshman in 2013, Tatum would go on to average at least 25.0 points per game (PPG) and 9.0 rebounds per game (RPG) over each of his final three seasons.
Tatum eventually chose to play at Duke, where he flashed superstar potential despite fighting through a foot injury as a freshman. In his lone season with the Blue Devils, Tatum averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. That was good enough to catch Danny Ainge's eye, as he drafted Tatum at No. 3 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Tatum had some eye-popping performances as a rookie for the Boston Celtics in 2018 before seemingly regressing in an underwhelming sophomore campaign.
He finally put it all together in year three, though, averaging career highs across the board, highlighted by his 23.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. In fact, it looked like he was only getting better as the season progressed, averaging 28.2 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting from the field over his final 20 games before the season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Tatum finally looks poised for superstardom, his high school highlights prove he's always been a top-tier talent, and Celtics fans have every reason to be excited about his potential as a future superstar.
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