Jayson Tatum Is the Breakout Star of Duke’s Freshman Class

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Duke’s Jayson Tatum, left, has flourished as Coach Mike Krzyzewski has given him leeway to make plays.

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Every skill that drew recruiters to Jayson Tatum in high school in the St. Louis area, every one that draws N.B.A. scouts to see him today, was on display during Duke’s run last week at the A.C.C. tournament in Brooklyn.

There was the 6-foot-8 Tatum receiving a pass just behind the 3-point line, spinning gracefully around a defender, splitting that defender and another, and then laying the ball in just as a third defender arrived from the weak side. Here he was putting up a one-handed floater over two opponents. Or spinning baseline for a…

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