One of the toughest players in the class of 2018 is Talen Horton-Tucker. The Illinois native has impressed over the last year, and had an excellent showing on night one at the NY2LA Swish N Dish.
Horton-Tucker looks to have grown in the past year, and now is a bit more explosive as well. With added athleticism and skill to go with his high-motor, Horton-Tucker is set to be one of the more productive players in the Midwest.
With that Horton-Tucker is continuing to pick up major interest on the recruiting trail.
During the year Horton-Tucker made visits to Northwestern and Notre Dame, and also had one set to Xavier that had to be re-scheduled due to a conflict with his high school season.
About the visit to Notre Dame, Horton-Tucker said, “It was a great visit. Even though they lost, they played Duke and it was a really good game. I looked at how they used their offense and I liked V.J. Beachem, and I think I would fit in well with their offense.”
One school that has been recruiting Horton-Tucker extremely hard is Northwestern, and the Wildcats have a long standing relationship with him.
“It is great to see them get to the tournament,” said Horton-Tucker of the Wildcats. “I have a great relationship with Coach (Pat) Baldwin. I have known him since I was about four years old, and he has been open and honest with me and treated me like family.”
Also Xavier has really picked up the pace in his recruitment, and Chris Mack made an early visit to see him just before the Final Four.
“Coach Mack came to see me a few days ago,” said Horton-Tucker. “They showed me what they bring to the table and how I would fit in. They had a great run in the tournament and battled through injuries and showed me how I could come in and play right away.”
For now Horton-Tucker is just focused on playing with the Mac Irvin Fire in the EYBL, and expect him to be a highly recruited prospect because of the toughness he brings to the court every time out.