Tatum '16 Drafted by Boston Celtics

Posted: June 23, 2017

On the evening of Thursday, June 22nd at the Barclays Center in New York, the dreams of one Chaminade basketball superstar came true.

With their first pick, the Boston Celtics selected Jayson Tatum ’16 to become the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

“This is an incredible feeling,” Tatum said immediately after getting drafted. “I’ve got to give honor to God for being in this position. The feeling is just everything I wished for and more.”

He will be joining an already stellar Celtics team that claimed the divisional title last season lead by head coach Brad Stevens and point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Now that he has begun his career in the NBA, Tatum has announced his plans to start an organization to assist single mothers, inspired by the hard-work and dedication of his own mother Brandy Cole. When asked about this organization following the draft, Tatum said, “I would love to help single mothers out… and just be a blessing by lessening the burden on their shoulders.”

After graduating from Chaminade in 2016, Jayson went to Duke for one year to play for legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski where he averaged 16.8 points per game and led them to a conference title.

When asked about his former player being drafted, Chaminade basketball head coach Frank Bennett ’01 said, “Jayson’s goal was always to become an NBA player. He did everything in his power from the moment he came to Chaminade through today in order to make that dream come true. I’m excited for the extremely bright future ahead of him.”

Jayson now joins fellow Chaminade alums David Lee ’01 (San Antonio Spurs) and Bradley Beal ’11 (Washington Wizards) as a member of Chaminade’s impressive roster of professional talent.

The entire Chaminade family could not be more proud of everything that Jayson has accomplished!

You can watch the clip of him being drafted here:

You can also read the article on Tatum by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as Benjamin Hochman's Post-Distpacth article "Tatum and Beal show it's a small world."