Darquavis Tucker: Verbals to Big East School

Dar Tucker is the 40th ranked prospect in Scout.com's Class of 2007. In this report learn where the 6-5 180 lb. guard from Saginaw, Michigan has chosen to play his college ball. Also hear what Tucker's high school coach has to say about this amazing prospect.

Darquavis Tucker has verbally committed to Coach Jerry Wainwright and the DePaul Blue Demons to be part of the recruiting class of 2007 according to Michigan Hurricanes AAU team coach Will Smith. Tucker chose the Blue Demons over Cincinnati, Illinois, and Indiana. Tucker took an official visit to DePaul the weekend of September 15th . Dar joins Croatian forward Matija Poscic in the class of 2007 for the Blue Demons.

Tucker is one of the top players in the state of Michigan. The Saginaw Arthur Hill High School senior tore up the AAU circuit this summer playing with the Michigan Hurricanes. He 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.

Tucker may be the most spectacular athlete that Jerry Wainwright has ever received a commitment from. "Dar is a tremendous athlete," said Arthur Hill coach Greg McMath. "We had Jason Richardson (of the Golden State Warriors) here. Dar is a tough rebounder. Probably one of the toughest hard-nosed players I've ever coached. He gets after it, he competes every play. His shot has improved tremendously. His ball handling has improved. He's getting strong in the weight room. As a player in high school right now, he plays anywhere from the one (position) to the four. We won a state championship with him last year. He led us in the state championship game with 28 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. He just does it in so many different ways. Dar is one of the best winners in the 2007 class that I've seen."

As good as Dar is, there is still room for improvement. "Everybody can use work on their shot," McMath explained. "Once his shot becomes consistent from three point range, he'll be tough to stop. Right now he's more of a scorer than a pure shooter. The thing about Dar is he's left handed, but he plays right handed. He uses both hands equally well. Once he learns to really get that explosion with his ball handling, that Dwyane Wade type explosion with one bounce, being able to use his athleticism to get to the basket, I think he'll be tremendous."

DePaul fans can look forward to seeing that tremendous talent at Allstate Arena beginning in the autumn of 2007.

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