Justin Tatum, more popularly known as the father of NBA star, Jayson Tatum has been on the news recently. His name was trending in the basketball community as Jayson opened up about his strict training and hard treatments, which almost made him quit basketball.
Jayson speaks very highly of his father. He has said that he is forever grateful for his father himself and his father’s uncompromising training sessions.
Jayson Tatum is 2018’s Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He truly excels at what he does.
And he is humble enough to credit his father for the efforts he made to train him at an early age.
In this article, we will provide you in-depth knowledge about Jayson Tatum’s father, Justin Tatum. So, let’s have a look at him in detail below.
Justin Tatum | Quick Facts
|Full Name||Justin Tatum|
|Birth Date||April 11, 1979|
|Education||CBC high school|
St. Louis University
|Age||42 years old|
|Weight||235 lbs (106 kg)|
|Kids||Two sons and a daughter|
|Merch of Jayson Tatum||T-shirts, Hoodie, Backpack, Paperback|
|Last Update||September, 2021|
Jayson Tatum’s Father Justin Tantom: Early Life
Justin Tatum was born on the 11th of April, 1979. He is an American former college basketball player.
Justin was interested in basketball since childhood and started playing soon. He played high school basketball for CBC, where he excelled as a teenager. Tatum led the team to victory, not just any victory, the 1997 state title.
He stood at 6 feet and 7 inches tall, which helped him have the edge over the other players.
Regarding his college, he joined the Saint Louis University (SLU), where he studied and majored in his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He also gave continuity to the basketball during his college life.
In 2000, he helped his college’s team SLU Billikens lead to a conference championship under the direction of Coach Lorenzo Romar. In addition, he also made an NCCA appearance.
For his amazing performance in college basketball, he was named the Conference USA First Team All-Defense player. In Saint Louis University, he also placed 6th in blocked shots.
What does Jaston Tatum’s father do for a living?
From being a college basketball player, normally, one would try to enter the drafts to get selected by a major league basketball team or make it to the NBA.
But Justin Tatum was different. He did not want to pursue a career as a professional basketball player. Instead, he wanted to be a coach.
Since playing college basketball, he has shifted towards being a coach.
Honestly, his record as a basketball coach is more impressive than his college basketball stats.
In 2010 and 2011, Coach Tatum with his team was placed in 3rd position on the table. But in 2012, he succeeded in taking home the state championship with the team he had been coaching at the time, Soldan Tigers.
Similarly, in 2014 he took home the state championship with his then-team Christian Brothers College (CBC) high school.
Likewise, he has won a total of three PHL (Public High League) Conferences with District Championships.
In 2014 and 2019, he won the Metro Catholic Conference (MCC) championship, two times in total, with five district championships.
Justin Tatum was recognized for his talents as a coach in 2012 when he was awarded the Coach of the Year.
In an online interview, Jasyon reportedly said that his father was the first person to throw a ball in his hands. He also claimed that his father was there from the very beginning of his basketball life.
Players he has coached
Over the almost 15 years, he has trained many amateur players and turned them into professionals.
Reportedly, 14 of his students have turned out to be Division I players in college, with nine in Division II and other proficiency levels.
By being a coach, he has connections with many successful athletes who have progressed academically or in the field of basketball.
How much does Jayson Tatum’s father earn?
While we do not have the exact information about his net worth, but we can make an estimation of his net worth through different available data.
Justin Tatum has been working as a coach since his graduation from college. The average salary per annum for a basketball coach in the United States is around $42,000.
Considering the inflation since his college days, let us assume his salary was $30,000 per year.
After gaining some experience, awards, and accolades in his name, his worth must have gone high too.
Justin Tatum’s Youth Camps
Coach Tatum has been leading and involving much of his time and effort in his youth camps. He has been doing so for the last 11 years.
The CBC administration also allowed him to operate his youth camps in the CBC high school for the last six years.
The camps are a place for young kids of school to learn and grow their love for the game. Different coaches from different areas also provide instructions, knowledge, and insights on improving one’s gameplay.
The camps provide an opportunity for the school students to make new friends too.
Justin Tatum and Jayson’s Relationship
Justin started teaching Jayson basketball as early as possible.
“He started teaching me basketball as early as I can remember,” said Jayson. “That is one of the main reasons why I am the basketball player and the man I grew into”.
He told the viewers that his father taught him to be honest and patient. He goes on to say how his father was just 18/19 when he had a kid.
High School days
Justin Tatum used to be harder on him than other kids at the practice sessions because he wanted his son to be disciplined both on and off the court.
“My Dad coached at Soldan for like six years, so when I was in the fourth grade until ninth or tenth grade, so I used to practice with him four to five times a week,” told Jayson to the interviewee.
“And he would treat me like I was in high school, so if I messed up… he was harder on me than he was on other kids and like I used to cry every day on the way home,” said Jayson.
He hated playing basketball that way, and he felt like quitting almost every single day because of his father’s treatment. Little did he know that those same practice sessions would be the foundation for his basketball career.
“He saw the potential in me before I saw it on myself,” stated Jayson.
Apparently, Jayson’s father would usually set him up to play with players from two or three grades higher than him. The only time he played with his level of teammates was the last year of high school.
Despite all the hardships and hatred mustered up inside while training, it all worked out just perfect, and now Jayson is happy about it.
When school was off, Jayson would go to Soldan to be with his father and spend the entire day watching the matches.
He learned a lot from spending time at Soldan with his dad; just by watching, a man learns from others’ mistakes and decisions.
On the way back home from Soldan, he and his dad would talk about what happened during the match, and they would discuss the important takeaways of the events that happened during the games that day.
Justin Tatum was young when he had Jayson, but he was not a foolish father. On the contrary, he did a great job raising Jayson despite his age.
Recently Jayson was entitled the youngest player in NBA’s history to score 5000 career points at 23 years and 32 days old.
Of course, Justin was the proudest dad in the whole world at the moment. He even tweeted out, congratulating Jayson on reaching this admirable milestone.
Social Media Links
As expected from a 42 years old man, he is not that active in social media.
Twitter: 3.2k followers
Jayson Tatum’s Instagram: 3.9 million followers
Jayson Tatum’s Twitter: 830.08k followers
(Note: The numbers of followers listed above are as of September 2021).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Did Justin Tatum play in the NBA?
No, Justin Tatum did not play in the NBA (National Basketball Association). He played high school basketball and college basketball, since then, he has transformed into a professional basketball coach.
Who are Jayson Tatum’s mother and father?
Jayson Tatum’s father is Justin Tatum, and his mother’s name is Brandy Cole. His father is also a big name in the basketball community, so information about him is available, unlike his mother’s.
Who is Jayson’s sister?
Jayson Tatum’s sister’s name is Kayden Tatum. Along with a sister, Jayson also has a brother named Jaycob.