Meet Jayson Tatum's parents as the Celtics head into new NBA season

Joshua Rogers October 18, 2022
Meet Jayson Tatum's parents as the Celtics head into new NBA season
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The 24-year-old small forward has been crucial to the Celtics’ success over the last few years. As he continues to shine, we take a look at Jayson Tatum’s parents, mom Brandy and dad Justin.

Jayson Tatum is one of the NBA’s best young talents and the heart of a Boston Celtics team who reached last season’s NBA Finals.

The Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers on opening night of the 2022-2023 NBA season. Here, we take a look at Jayson Tatum’s parents and early life.

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The Celtics superstar’s early life

Jayson Tatum was born in St. Louis, Missouri on 3 March, 1998, and attended Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis County. From an incredibly early age he was touted as a five-star recruit and was one of the top players in the country.

Tatum would go on to play for Duke University, playing just one season with the Blue Devils. In 29 games, the small forward averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He competed in the NCAA Tournament with the Blue Devils as the No.2 seed, but after beating Troy University in the first round, Duke lost in the second round to South Carolina.

Tatum then declared for the 2017 NBA Draft where he was selected third overall by the Celtics.

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What we know about Jayson Tatum’s parents

Jayson Tatum’s parents are father Justin Tatum and mother Brandy Cole. Justin Tatum is the gym teacher and basketball coach at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School in St. Louis.

Justin played high school basketball at CBC where he helped lead the Cadets to a state title in 1997. While there he received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

The elder Tatum later transitioned into the world of coaching and was the coach and athletics director at Soldan International Studies High School for six years.

He was hired by his high school alma mater in March 2013 where he remains to this day. According to Tatum Nation, Justin took home the State Championship with CBC High School in 2022. He has also won two Metro Catholic Conference (MCC) championships (2014 and 2019) with five district championships. In 2012, he was recognized as Coach of the Year.

As an infant, Tatum would often toddle around his dad’s locker room at Saint Louis University. He would even visit his dad in the Netherlands when Justin was playing overseas. When Tatum Sr eventually came back to St. Louis the pair remained close, and Justin was one of Tatum Jr’s most influential early coaches.

Jayson Tatum’s mom and dad are vocal supporters of their son

Jayson Tatum was born when his parents were both 19-year-old undergraduates. Tatum’s mother, Brandy, is a practicing attorney in Jayson’s native St. Louis, but things weren’t always easy.

The single mom gave birth to Jayson during spring break of one of her college years. She would bring an infant Jayson to her college classes, and would be ‘studying for law school with her son lying across the foot of her bed.’

Per Bleacher Report, Jayson would flip through her property law books and say, “Mom, I don’t want to ever read these kind of books. I want to play basketball.” “Well, you better work really hard,” she would reportedly tell him.

In 2016, Jayson wrote about his relationship with his mom for the Players’ Tribune. “Whatever I was doing off the court, she said, was just as important as the numbers I was putting up on it,” he wrote.

“In addition to homework, Mom had me get involved with volunteer work, helping out at a homeless shelter and mentoring young student-athletes in our city. I would go to their practices and games, talk to them about problems they were facing in school. Sometimes I would get to speak at their banquets or other team functions.”

Both Jayson Tatum’s parents are extremely supportive of their son’s career. In April 2021, Tatum became the youngest player (23 years and 32 days old) in Celtics’ history to reach 5,000 career points.

Tatum’s mom and dad congratulated their son on Twitter:

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.