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Cameron Tatum has known since Wednesday that he'll don a Memphis Grizzlies jersey in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The former Tennessee guard had to hold his tongue until the team made the announcement.
Finally, Grizzlies director of scouting Tony Barone Jr. told WHBQ 560-AM in Memphis on Friday afternoon that Tatum would be joining the team in Las Vegas.
"My agent called me Wednesday night and told me I made it," Tatum said by phone Friday afternoon. "I was just waiting until everything was official."
Tatum, who tallied 1,083 points over four years with the Vols, will get his first taste of NBA action on July 14 against the New York Knicks. The Grizzlies will play five games in nine days.
The remainder of the Memphis summer league roster has not been announced. The league is typically comprised of both drafted and undrafted rookies, along with first- and second-year NBA players.
Tatum worked out twice for the Grizzlies, including one workout alongside Tony Wroten Jr. Memphis selected the former Washington guard with the 25th overall pick in Thursday's draft.
"I didn't really know what to expect in the workouts," Tatum said. "(Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin) said to just go out there and play my type of game. I did that. I shot the ball well with a lot of confidence. When they called me back I performed well because I went back with the same attitude."
Tatum graduated from UT in December 2011 with a degree in Africana Studies and is ranked second on the Vols' all-time games played list with 138 appearances. He averaged 8.1 points and 2.6 assists as a senior.
After joining current UT players for weight training and conditioning in early July, Tatum will join the Grizzlies on July 9.
"I can't ask for anything else," Tatum said. "I'm just going to try to take advantage and leave it all out there. It's a blessing. Even if it's a summer league team, it's the NBA."
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuin