|Intro||American basketball player|
|Is|| Athlete |
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||13 September 1984, Jefferson City|
Jamaal Tatum (born September 13, 1984) is an American professional basketball guard. He is 6’2″ and 175 pounds (1.88 m, 80 kg).
High school career
As a high schooler, Tatum was a finalist as the Missouri Mr. Basketball. He was the leading scorer at Helias High School in Jefferson City, where he set the school record for points in a game (46). Tatum ialso lettered in football as a sophomore and soccer as a freshman.
He consistently posted an excellent GPA.
Tatum’s father is a professor of art at Lincoln University and his mother is the supervisor of Jefferson City Public Schools.
In his first semester at SIU, Tatum posted a 4.0 GPA.
A star basketball player at Southern Illinois, Tatum was known for his quickness and long-range shooting. In his freshman season, he was second in the Missouri Valley Conference in three-point shooting (45.6%).
As a junior, he led the team in scoring (15 ppg) and received various Missouri Valley Conference awards. He led the Salukis back to prominence and took them to the 2006 NCAA Tournament. An #11 seed, they lost to West Virginia in the first round. Tatum was named his team’s CBS Player of the Game.
In his final season as a Saluki, Tatum was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. Along with fellow senior Tony Young and star junior Randal Falker, Tatum brought the team high into the AP and coaches’ poll, with a 27-6 record (including the MVC Tournament) and an RPI of #7 in the country, ahead of such powerhouses as Memphis (#8) and Kansas (#11). The Salukis received a #4 seed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament and easily beat Holy Cross in the first round. In the second round, they beat #5 seed Virginia Tech, 63-48, reach 29 wins on the season. Tatum had 21 points and was 7-for-15 from field-goal range. In the third round, they lost to top-seeded Kansas, 61-58. Tatum shot well late and finished with 19 points.
In 2007, Tatum signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Atlanta Hawks. he played with them during training camp, but did not earn a spot on the final roster. He was drafted 4th overall in the D-League draft by the Idaho Stampede but was waived before he played in a game due to injury. On August 27, 2008, he signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, who waived him on October 17.