WATCH: Duke's Jayson Tatum puts Kennedy Meeks on poster with tomahawk dunk
Jayson Tatum threw down a statement dunk over North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks
Playing true freshmen on the big stage can be a dicey situation. As a coach, that means you're relying on teenagers who were at their high school prom a year ago to deliver in the clutch on national television with high stakes.
The good thing for Duke and Mike Krzyzewski, though, is this freshman he's trotting out isn't your average freshman.
And he certainly isn't playing like it.
In Jayson Tatum's first taste of the biggest rivalry game of his life, the freshman forward has shown no signs of jitters, going straight at UNC's Kennedy Meeks -- a monstrous 6-foot-10 Tar Heel forward and rim protector. Check out this finish:
That shouldn't be much of a surprise if you're an NBA draft junkie. Tatum is an athletic defender and elite offensive weapon that has been widely regarded as a potential lottery pick. In fact, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish has him pegged as a top 10 draft pick for 2017.
As scary as it sounds, Tatum is just scratching the surface of his potential. Averaging 15.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, the Blue Devils frosh is kicking butt and taking names -- and he's not backing down in the Tobacco Road rivalry.
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