Pure ability is the best way to project the best freshmen in college basketball. But there are other factors to consider, as some of the most talented recruits have more opportunity than others. Team success also has a major role. With all that in mind, we examine who is in the best position to be...[details]
Strengths: Tatum brings a lot of skills to the table, as well as solid athletic ability. He shoots well off the dribble from mid-range and can knock down shots from beyond the arc as well. He quieted a lot of critics with his strong play at point guard at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. He distributing the ball to teammates and didn't turn it over much. Defense is where Tatum earns his stripes though. He has very quick feet, and is very sound fundamentally. He hounds opponents all over the perimeter.
Weaknesses: Tatum's offensive game still needs some polish. He doesn't take the ball to the basket often or very effectively. He still needs to improve in his feel for the game as a point guard. At times, he overdribbles and makes things more complicated than they have to be.
Outlook: Tatum falls right between being one of the last players drafted and being an undrafted free agent. His poor showing at the Orlando pre-draft camp may have sank him, but he has shown in the past that he has the skill set to transfer over as a second or third point guard in the NBA.
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