Helias High (Jefferson City) alum Jamaal Tatum is having a memorable senior season. A guard on Southern Illinois basketball team, Tatum has led the Salukis to a regular season conference title and a No. 11 ranking in the national poll, the highest ranking in school history.

Tatum was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Tuesday. He has guided the Salukis to a 25-5 record overall and 15-3 in the MVC. The Salukis are on an 11-game winning streak entering Friday’s MVS Tournament.