ST. LOUIS On the morning of the 2013 NBA Draft, Jayson Tatum sank into the couch in his mother's living room, rubbed the sleep from his eyes and admitted that, yeah, sometimes all this attention makes his life a little weird.
"To me, it is," he said. "It's probably something I'll learn how to manage, as it gets bigger and bigger."
The way Tatum talks, soft-spoken and confident, it is easy to forget he is just 15 years old. His body, which has shot up two and a half inches in less than a calendar year, fools the mind. He recently hit 6' 7.5", and his doctors forecast a stopping point somewhere between 6' 10" and 7' 1".
His height isn't the only thing increasing.
The hype. The expectations. The noise.
"Sometimes it is a little strange," Brandy Cole, Tatum's mother, said. "He may be 6-foot-8, but he's still my baby."
It is believed by many that Tatum will one day be selected in an NBA Draft, that he is the next budding star in the St. Louis incubator, a region that since 2000 h...