Explosive Rico Tucker

Explosively athletic, San Diego's <b>Rico Tucker</b> is intriguing as a point guard prospect. He had verbally committed to a school, but now is open heading into the critical spring and summer...

Rico Tucker, 5-11 JR PG, San Diego (Calif.) University, is a prospect to watch.

Literally, if you like watching 5-11 kids dunk like they're 6-6. Tucker has that kind of explosiveness. In the Pump Vegas tournament last weekend, Tucker had perhaps the most explosive dunk we saw over the course of three days, where he flew over a player in an open lane and dunked over him. It literally looked like Tucker was flying, with his 5-11 frame getting up so high.

Tucker, also, is (or was) a football player. He played both sports up until recently, when he decided to dedicate himself to basketball. He was considered a potential D-1 prospect in football, but he's thrown himself into basketball, believing he'll really be able to improve his basketball skills if he plays just one sport.

He had originally verbally committed to hometown San Diego last fall, but then, a few months later, decided to re-open his recruitment. Since then, he says he's been offered by North Carolina State and USF. "I'm also hearing from Pepperdine, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, St. Mary's and Santa Clara," Tucker said. At this point he said he doesn't have a favorite. Many coaches from those schools visited Tucker during the recent evaluation period.

If he had to take official visits right now, Tucker said he'd visit North Carolina State, San Francisco and San Diego, the three schools that he said have offered him. "After that, I'm not sure," he said.

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