Darquavis Tucker: Narrowing Things Down

WeAreDePaul.com talks with Michigan Hurricanes AAU team coach Will Smith. The Hurricanes program has produced current DePaul Blue Demons starters Wilson Chandler and Jabari Currie. Could another Hurricanes product, wing player Dar Tucker, soon join them in Lincoln Park? What schools does Tucker like? Where will he visit? What sort of player is he? Find the answers to these questions and more.

Darquavis Tucker is currently ranked 40th in the Scout.com Class of 2007 top 100. One of the top players in the state of Michigan, the Saginaw Arthur Hill High School product has been tearing up the AAU circuit this summer with the Michigan Hurricanes. The 6-5 guard averaged 24 points as a junior at Arthur Hill. In June, Tucker was the third leading scorer at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp in Richmond, Virginia, averaging 12.9 points per game.

So, what sort of skills does Dar Tucker bring to the table? "He's a tough all-around athletic kid," said Hurricanes coach Will Smith. "He can shoot the ball well, get to the rim when he wants to get there. I haven't seen a wing guard rebound as well as he does. I mean in high school he's averaging double figure rebounds from the wing position. He's a kid that can do it all. He's athletic, he's almost like a Hassan Adams (from the University of Arizona) type. Because he's so athletic, because he rebounds from the wing, because he can get to the rim when he wants to, he's so strong around the basket. He's a great defender as well. He's got a great first step. He gets out on the ball defensively. He gets a lot of open court steals."

Smith sees Tucker as a shooting guard. "I think he'll play the two guard at the next level," said Smith. Dar is a player who has been working on his perimeter shooting. "That's one thing he's improved on this summer. Definitely after this summer, he can show people that he can really shoot the ball well."

In June, Tucker took unofficial visits to Michigan, Louisville, and Cincinnati. He had also taken an unofficial visit to Michigan State and recently visited Indiana. Coming up in September, Tucker will take his recruitment to the next level with official visits, including one to Chicago. "We have a couple other kids who go to DePaul (Chandler & Currie) and I might just take him up with (me)," Smith related. "As of right now, he hasn't taken any official visits. He's looking at going on officials to Miami and DePaul."

Tucker does appear to have some favorites heading into the home stretch to his decision. "Actually DePaul and Indiana are two schools that he really likes," shared Smith. "Louisville is right there as well. They're definitely in the mix."

Dar appears to be as hard of a worker in the classroom as he is on the court. "He did well in school this year," Arthur Hill coach Greg McMath told InsideTheVille.com. "He probably has a 3.1 GPA and he's already qualified test-wise to play in college."

A commitment from a top 40 prospect like Tucker would no doubt bring smiles to the faces of the Blue Demon faithful. Tucker appears to be just the sort of impact player that DePaul Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright is looking for to make some noise in the Big East conference. Smith expressed, "He's a guy that you definitely want when the game is tight and you need a basket."

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