It is definitely a summer that just keeps getting hotter and better for Chaminade basketball standout Jayson Tatum.
Tatum, a junior to be at Chaminade, who was recently named the number 1 player in the nation in the Class of 2016 by Scouts.com has been selected to play for and will be representing his country as a member of the USA U17 basketball team.
Tatum, a 6-foot-9, guard/forward was picked to be a part of the final 12-man roster that will play in the 2014 FIBA U17 world championships in Dubai, United Emirates Aug. 8-Aug. 16.
The tryouts began for Tatum and 32 other hopefuls on July 24 in Colorado Springs, Co. The final cut down from 17 to 12 players was announced Tuesday (July 28).
This is Tatum’s second opportunity to play for Team USA in international competition. Last summer, he was a member of the USA U16 team that won the gold medal at the FIBA World Championship Tournament in Uruguay.
Tatum is the second player from the St. Louis area to play for the USA U17 team in the World Championships.
Fellow Chaminade alum Bradley Beal helped lead the USA to a gold medal in 2010 in the World Championships in Germany. Beal also won the Most Valuable Player of the tournament as well.
The USA team begins play in the World Championships on Friday, Aug. 8 in Greece. Then the squad will face Angola on Aug. 9. and finish preliminary round play with game against the Phillipines on Aug. 11.
On August 14, the semifinal round will be held and then the gold medal game is slated for Aug. 15.