Top 100 Tucker To Virginia

Jamil Tucker has seen it all. He began his career in California, headed to the Midwest and now the relocation specialist is laying down roots in the south for the next four seasons.

Jamil Tucker, a junior all-stater out of Indiana's Gary West Side High, committed to play for the Virginia Cavaliers Wednesday evening. Tucker strongly considered Georgia Tech, Kent State and Miami before opting for Dave Leitao's program.

"It wasn't a tough decision," West Side Coach John Boyd said. "Have you ever been to Charlottesville? I didn't know it could get that beautiful in America."

After stringing together a junior season that saw him accumulate totals of 24 points and 12 rebounds, Tucker kicked off his spring with the SYF Players where he showed that at 6-foot-8 he was a legit perimeter player with a knack for scoring.'s No. 77 prospect is a native Californian. Leitao didn't have to go that far to chase him and the Virginia skipper sealed the deal with last weekend's visit.

"Dave Leitao. He has a proven history of changing people's lives; the people that he comes in contact with," Boyd said. "We thought this would be the best conference in the country or one of the best in the country. He's got one of the brightest up and coming minds in the country.

"What this shows is the type of player that Coach Leitao is going to be bringing in. Virginia and Jamil Tucker are going to be a nice couple."

The Cavaliers certainly think so as they add Leitao's first commitment from the Class of 2006.

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