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EYBL 2016 standouts Tatum & Maker

Jayson Tatum is a high level passer.

Out of the Nike EYBL, Jayson Tatum and Thon Maker are two names to remember from the 2016 class.

A 6-7, 175-pound shooting guard from Saint Louis (Mo.) Chaminade College Prep School, Tatum put on a high level passing display playing for the 16U Saint Louis Eagles squad. Beyond his exceptional passing, he has a great overall feel for the game. He scores in a variety of ways including posting up in the midrange, has a knack for getting in passing lanes on defense and loves to ignite the fastbreak off his defensive rebounding.

He impressed Kentucky enough to earn a scholarship offer after last weekend's event. Tatum entered the event with offers all ready on the table from Marquette, Missouri, Illinois, Florida and Kansas. Indiana and Michigan State have been showing interest.

More offers will come poring in as Tatum is truly an elite prospect with even the possibility of being the No. 1 prospect in the 2016 class.

As for Maker, the 7-footer originally from Sudan and now at Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle School certainly was an eye catch with his play for the 17U Boo Williams team. He runs the floor extremely well and can attack the basket with the dribble from the high post. He also plays with energy around the rim. The concern about his game is that he doesn't have the quickest reaction to the basketball and doesn't have the best hands. It is vital that he improve in these two areas if he is ever to take full advantage of his other abilities.

On the recruiting front, Arizona is recruiting him the hardest followed by Georgetown, Virginia and Memphis. Florida State and North Carolina are also involved.

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