Jayson Tatum owes LeVelle Moton, Jr. a jersey.
LeVelle Moton, the men’s basketball coach at North Carolina Central, posted a video on his Instagram Wednesday night of his son, VJ, who had a personal message for his favorite player.
“Hey Jayson, my name is VJ, I’m a huge fan,” VJ said in the opening of the clip. “If I dunk you have to send me a jersey.”
Moton, who led the Eagles to a second consecutive NCAA tournament in March, can be heard in the background encouraging his son, even calling him “Tatum” as VJ dribbled a basketball through cones, with both hands, on an outdoor court.
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VJ, 5, gets to the last set of cones and Moton can be heard asking, “can you take off?” VJ, who leads the NCCU basketball team on the court, and occasionally joins his dad at his post game press conferences, took off and threw the ball down with two hands on a lowered goal. He even hung on the rim for a second for added emphasis.
Levelle Moton ended the video with a message to Tatum, saying “send it (the jersey) right now.”
Tatum played one season at Duke (2017-18) before he was selected by the Boston Celtics with the No. 3 pick in last summer’s NBA Draft. Tatum averaged 13.9 points per game during the regular season, and stepped his game up during the playoffs, averaging 18.5.