Meeting Jayson Tatum
Meeting Jayson Tatum was definitely an awesome moment. This being the first Duke player I have ever met, I was pretty "star struck" to say the least. Here's how it all went down...
It was after the stressful Wake Forest game, where we came back and won with a Luke Kennard signature shot, and 15 seconds left on the clock (game featured in my previous post). As the game ended, of course we (Troy, my sister Elizabeth and I) were all excited and enjoying the moment. As we started to leave, we saw a handful of Duke fans out on the court taking pictures and playing around, so Troy insisted we go take a few pics before we leave (I'm so happy we did). More and more fans were coming down onto the court in suspicion that the players would be coming out. The security guards kept telling us all to leave, that no players were coming out, blah blah. Just so they could go home I guess. We waited around for about 45 minutes and nothing happened, so we finish taking our pictures, and start to head on out.
We were almost to the door and somehow, one of us got a glimpse of Frank Jackson, Harry Giles, and Jayson Tatum walking out into the stands where their family and friends were. So of course we all freak out, and run back down to the court as fast as we can, just to try to get a picture with at least one of them. The closest one to us was Jayson, so we get behind this group of fans lined up to take pictures with him, and let me tell you, they were not very nice. Everyone was pushing and shoving to try and make their way through the crowd. After a few minutes of being shoved around we finally got our chance.
As we approached him, the excitement filled us like we were meeting a celebrity or something. Not to mention this was Elizabeth's first ever college basketball game, and she got to meet one of the star players (she always has the best luck). He was even taller in person than he looks in pictures, I guess compared to me at 5'4" (my arm was basically level with his butt if you guys were wondering). He was super nice and seemed excited to be meeting fans. It was definitely a moment I bragged about for a few days after (and still do). I think it's pretty cool that when he becomes a NBA star, I am able to say "I met him" (and touched his butt). In all seriousness, a big thank you Jayson for his time at Duke. I think I can speak on behalf of all Duke fans, that we wish him the best of luck in the NBA!