No. 1 prospect for 2016 lights it up for John Calipari

Jayson Tatum - photo by Gregory Payan | AP
– photo by Gregory Payan | AP

Name a way to put a basketball in a basket, and Jayson Tatum probably did it Friday night.

There was a Eurostep in transition, a contested two-handed dunk, a turnaround fadeaway from the baseline, a stepback jumper from the wing, a fast-break finger roll, an up-and-under lean-in from the paint and a pull-up three-pointer at the buzzer.

And that was just the first half.

Tatum scored 39 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, made all 12 of his free-throw attempts — many of those while clinging to a close lead in crunch time — and led Chaminade (Mo.) to an 88-81 victory over nationally ranked Stevenson (Ill.) at the Cancer Research Classic. He was an efficient 13-for-20 from the field.

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