Boys' basketball: UK target Tatum rolls over Lexington Catholic

mfields@herald-leader.comJanuary 4, 2014 

St. Louis Chaminade sophomore Jayson Tatum stuffed his stat line in unassuming fashion in a 72-41 victory over host Lexington Catholic Saturday night.

He was just following Chaminade Coach Frank Bennett's instructions.

"He wants me to get a triple-double every game," Tatum said after putting up 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots. "What I try to do is score, get rebounds and get my teammates involved."

The 6-foot-7 Tatum, who has a scholarship offer from Kentucky, showcased his skills in front of John Calipari and assistants John Robic and Orlando Antigua.

"I'm very thankful he came to watch our team play," Tatum said. "I tried not to pay too much attention and get sidetracked. I just tried to go out and win the ball game."

Tatum, who's averaging 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists, didn't force a thing against Lexington Catholic.

Bennett said that's how Tatum always plays.

"He's got a lot of God-given ability, but he's tremendously humble, very coachable and completely unselfish. That's why he's special.

"I think his best asset is he has unbelievable vision, and he has great poise under pressure. You kind of forget at times he's only 15."

Tatum played point guard much of game against Lexington Catholic, but he's also effective on the wing or posting up inside.

Bennett said Tatum's upside is "tremendous. If he really embraces the weight room from here on out, it's scary how good he can be."

Tatum said he's not going to rush the recruiting process. "I'm just taking it one step at a time. I've got three more years left in high school. I'll make a decision sometime in my senior year."

Scout.com ranks Tatum the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2016. Besides UK, he has offers from Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State and Florida, among others.

Lexington Catholic, which had its nine-game winning streak snapped, was led by Tanner Johnson and Reese Ryan with 13 points each.

No. 20 Lincoln County 65, Taylor County 56: Calipari and his staff stayed around to watch Taylor County sophomore Quentin Goodin. What they saw was Lincoln County blitz the Cardinals 26-11 in the second quarter and stay in control the rest of the way.

Jacob Conway, a junior guard, led the winners with 25 points and nine rebounds.

The rest of the Patriots complemented him nicely. Neil Conley and Brandon Pittman each had nine points. Point guard Timmy Taylor had eight points and 11 assists. Andrew Wilks, a 6-foot-3 wide-body (and all-state lineman in football) had seven points and nine boards.

Lincoln County Coach Jeff Jackson was pleased. "Our kids are buying in, playing hard and sharing the ball. I'm real proud of our effort."

Goodin, who has scholarship offers form Indiana, Tennessee and WKU, among others, came close to a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. But the 6-2 point guard was 1-for-13 from the field (and 8-for-12 from the foul line).

Caleb Wiggington, a 6-5 senior, led Taylor County with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Freshman Ezra Oliver had 11 points for the Cards, who shot 37 percent.

"We had zero effort tonight," Cards Coach Richard Gatewood said. "Thursday night we beat a good E-town team (73-61) and played with great effort, then we come out flat tonight.

"You can't get down 14 or 15 points and then start scrapping. We got Lincoln County's best shot."

No. 24 Perry Central 65, Simon Kenton 51: Braxton Beverly and Justin Johnson provided a strong one-two punch for Perry Central in its wire-to-wire victory.

Beverly, a 5-10 sophomore point guard, had 23 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Johnson, a 6-7 senior who has signed with WKU, had 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

Johnson, who came into the game averaging 23 points and 20 rebounds, gave himself a grade of seven out of 10. He had 10 points in the first quarter before Simon Kenton started double- and triple-teaming him.

"It's tough to make a move with that," he said. "I tried to get my teammates more involved with kick-outs.

"But overall I'm happy with the win."

Beverly, who has scholarship offers from Cleveland State, Marshall, NKU, Samford and WKU, didn't shoot as well (10 of 18) as he wanted, but "that's gonna happen."

After playing with Johnson last season and this past summer, "we've got a real feel for one another. It's nice."

Coach Shannon Hoskins likes the way his Commodores (9-3) are progressing, but he knows they'll have to get better defensively to contend with Cordia, Knott Central and Hazard in the 14th Region.

Simon Kenton was led by Noah Robinson's 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Alex Childers had 15 points and five rebounds.

Chaminade (Mo.) 72, LexCath 41

ST. LOUIS CHAMINADE (10-1) Tatum 21, Lewis 18, Cook 12, Roberts 6, Hollander 2, Crawford 9, Collins 4.

LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (11-3) Dence 2, Ryan 13, Talbott 2, Griffin 7, Johnson 13, Boothe 2, Whitman 2.

Chaminade 14 19 18 21—72

Lexington Catholic 8 11 16 6—41

Lincoln Co. 65, Taylor Co. 56

TAYLOR COUNTY (10-4) Goodin 11, Wiggington 14, Webster 10, Sloan 7, Oliver 11, Turpin 3.

LINCOLN COUNTY (10-5) Conway 25, Taylor 8, Conley 9, Pittman 9, Hoover 5, Wilks 7, Cornelius 2.

Taylor County 13 11 14 18—56

Lincoln County 8 26 16 15—65

Perry Central 65, Simon Kenton 51

PERRY CENTRAL (9-3) Johnson 18, Beverly 23, Tobler 12, Turner 8, Stacy 3, Hill 1.

SIMON KENTON (7-5) Robinson 17, Childers 15, Kuntz 7, Mullins 2, Morrison 3, Vercheak 3, Dougherty 2, Pracht 2.

Perry Central 21 11 11 22—65

Simon Kenton 10 13 11 17—51

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes.Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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