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Jayson Tatum made an impression on Grant Hill before even attending Duke

Jayson Tatum, Grant Hill

Jayson Tatum’s star is continuing to burn bright, but NBA legend Grant Hill knew this long before Tatum was playing for the Boston Celtics. In fact, Grant Hill saw this while Tatum was on a recruiting trip to Duke according to Jay King of The Athletic. Hill told King:

“Jayson is just an amazing talent … I think he has so much to offer and I think he hasn’t even hit his stride yet.”

Hill and Tatum’s connection to one another comes through Duke. Although Hill is 25 years Tatum’s senior, both players played for Mike Krzyzewski.Jayson Tatum’s star is continuing to burn bright, but NBA legend Grant Hill knew this long before Tatum was playing for the Boston Celtics. In fact, Grant Hill saw this while Tatum was on a recruiting trip to Duke according to Jay King of The Athletic. Hill told King:

Tatum was always looked at as a potential star, but he steadily improved throughout the 2017-18 season. Even after losing Gordon Hayward and later Kyrie Irving, Boston didn’t miss a beat. Tatum stepped into a larger role and he helped lead the Celtics to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tatum is only 20-years-old and he’s already turning heads. Although Boston eventually ceded the series to the Cavaliers and LeBron James, Tatum led his team with 24 points in a critical Game 7. His night was accentuated with a posterizing dunk over LeBron James complete with a chest bump as Tatum ran back on defense.

This felt like Tatum’s coming out party and it will be exciting to watch him grow into a star. If he’s yet to hit his stride and he’s already competing with the best player on the planet, he’s surely set up for success. The Celtics hope Hill’s scouting report is true and that Tatum “hits his stride” if he hasn’t already.