Who Is NBA Star Jayson Tatum's Mom? She's His "Best Friend"

Jayson adorably admitted he was "the biggest mama's boy ever," and referred to Brandy, a former volleyball player, as his "best friend."

Melissa Willets - Author

May 28 2024, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics reacts after Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on May 27, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana
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Fact: Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum is a "mama's boy." So, who is Jayson Tatum's mom?

Indeed, the Duke alum and current NBA favorite isn't afraid to show his love for his mother, Brandy Cole.

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First, you should know that #0 for the Massachusetts professional basketball team has a lot of love for more than one family member. The star is also a devoted dad.

Read on for the full details about his mom and son.

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Jayson Tatum grew up in Missouri with a supportive mom.

The world was introduced to Jayson Tatum's mom Brandy after the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers in May 2024 and the NBA star embraced her in front of cameras and fans.

Per Marca, Brandy has always supported her son's ambitions. She worked multiple jobs to make ends meet while raising Jayson in St. Louis.

At the same time, she was reportedly earning her college degree (she would even bring Jayson with her to classes), which inspired her son to go after his dreams as well.

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In 2016, Jayson adorably admitted he was "the biggest mama's boy ever," and referred to Brandy, a former volleyball player, as his "best friend."

Marca reports that Brandy was going to pursue a college volleyball career at the University of Tennessee — until she got pregnant with Jayson.

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Meanwhile, Jayson's dad Justin Tatum is also an athlete, and was promoted to head coach of the Australian National Basketball League team Illawarra in 2023, per CBS News.

Jayson congratulated his father at that time, saying, "I'm extremely happy for him and proud of him. It's a big step. I know he's trying to build his resume, his coaching career."

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Jayson Tatum is also a father.

In addition to being a devoted "mama's boy," Jayson is a proud father.

The All-Star player welcomed a son, Jayson “Deuce” Christopher Tatum Jr., in 2017 with his high school girlfriend Toriah Lachell, per NBC News.

"On the court [I want Deuce to remember me as] ... a competitor, somebody that just always wanted to win," Jayson said about his son. "Every time he comes to the game, he sees how I give it my all, I'm doing everything I can in my power to help us win. Because as he gets older, team, sports, that's what's most important is winning and everything else besides that will follow."

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Per People, Deuce is even an unofficial mascot for the Celtics. Fellow player Grant Williams revealed that he and the kid have a "love-hate relationship." He said, "There's days where he comes in, gives me a hug, says, 'What's up?' and daps me up. There's other days where he looks at me crazy, kind of gives me a mean mug, punches me a few times, and keeps it moving."

Judging by Jayson's Instagram, the father and son are always together.

And even when the player is on the court, away from his mini-me, in a very special way, Deuce is right by his dad's side per Bleacher Report. Jayson always writes the little guy's name inside all of his sneakers.

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