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Kareem Tatum '01

Kareem Tatum '01
Kareem Tatum '01

Considered one of the greatest men's basketball players in program history, Kareem Tatum's leadership and on-court dominance led the Camels to the pinnacle of college basketball and an appearance in the 1999 NCAA Tournament Final Four.    

A second team All-American in 2000, the 6’3” guard earned All-America honorable mention selection in 2001. He garnered All-NESCAC honors in each of his four years with the program, including second team honors in 1998 and 1999, followed by first team honors in 2000 and 2001. The 1998 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Tatum was selected as the conference’s Player of the Year in 2000.

Tatum helped lead the Camels to their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 1998 when they reached the Sweet 16 round with a 22-4 record. One year later, they climbed to the top of the national polls with a number one ranking and a perfect 24-0 regular season record. The squad carried a 27-0 record into the NCAA Final Four round, the furthest advancement of any Connecticut College team in NCAA play.

A two-year team captain as a junior and senior, Tatum played a major role in Connecticut College’s tremendous success and helped lead the squad to an impressive four-year 87-17 mark (.837) during his tenure. Tatum ended his career as the College’s all-time leading scorer with 1,656 points (16.1 average), a record he continues to hold today. He also graduated with 525 career rebounds (5.1 average) along with 277 assists and 175 steals.

After earning his degree in psychology, Tatum began his teaching and coaching career. He currently teaches English at Forest Grove Middle School in Worcester, Mass., and he has served as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Worcester’s Holy Name High School for the past four years.