TEANECK, N.J - The University of Arkansas has needed some pure outside shooters for a few years now and it appears – while one is already on the way – another is taking a good, long look at the Razorbacks as well.
That would be one Darquavis Tucker (6-3, 190), a shooting guard from Saginaw (MI) Arthur Hills who averaged 25 points per game last season and is the 37th best prospect in the country according to Scout.com.
Tucker has shown that touch and an ability to get to the basket here at the Reebok ABCD Camp this week and is one of the camp's Top 10 scorers (out of 120 prospects) and top 10 ranked players through the first four games of the event.
"I've just come out and tried to come out of here as the best two guard in camp," Tucker said. "There are a lot of great players and I am just working hard trying to play my best against the best."
Tucker thought about committing early – likely to Louisville - but has since opened his recruiting process back up and has several schools that he is looking at right now.
"There's Arkansas, Louisville, Illinois, Marquette, Arizona and Minnesota that I am interested in at this point," said Tucker, who has 12 offers right now. "I am not ready to make a decision right now, but I think I might be ready to make one sometime in September."
Before that happens, he has plans to take an official visit to Fayetteville to check out Arkansas – quite possibly for the Razorbacks' game with USC on Sept. 2.
"Oh yeah, they are going to get a visit," Tucker said. "I am going to come down in September for a football game. I am real interested in Arkansas."
Arkansas head coach Stan Heath, a Michigan native who has coached in that area as well, got the Razorbacks in the ballgame with Tucker.
He was one of 12 head coaches who came to see Tucker – who just participated in the NBA Players Top 100 Camp - this spring among 22 schools that showed up to watch him workout.
Heath was also a constant and Tucker's games on Thursday and Friday at the ABCD Camp.
"Coach Heath came down to see me, told me all about the school and told me they were interested in me," Tucker said. "That's how they got on my list and I'm liking them even more now that I am finding out more about them."
Tucker has been to Louisville on an unofficial visit and Cardinals' head coach Rick Pitino has been sighted at his games this week as well.
"It was real good," Tucker said. "The atmosphere was good and I really liked the campus, but I am going to look at some other places and I consider myself wide open right now."
While he has showed great talent this week, Tucker says that is one item that he is working hard hard because any chance he has to play in the NBA would have him moving away from shooting guard.
"I am working on my ball handling because I might not grow anymore and might have to turn into a point guard down the line," Tucker said. "I can get better in all parts of my game, but that's the one I am concentrating on this summer."
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