On the weekend of September 15th to the 17th, Darquavis Tucker visited the campus of DePaul University in Chicago. His mother and AAU coach accompanied him on this official visit. It was that visit that sealed the deal for DePaul Blue Demons head coach Jerry Wainwright. "It was straight," said Dar Tucker. "Chicago is a big city, it was cool. We went by the lake and the beach. Then we went downtown and walked around. I met all the players and scrimmaged with them. It was good. Overall, I felt good about the visit."
Dar's mother, Debra Adams, also was impressed by the school. "It was real nice," she said. "I loved it. I met Coach (Jerry) Wainwright and (associate head) Coach (Gary) DeCesare and the other assistant coaches. I met with their wives and their children. I met the basketball team. We just had an awesome time."
"The visit went well," said Saginaw Arthur Hill high school coach Greg McMath. "He really enjoyed it. He had a good time. He likes the school, he likes the coaching staff. He just enjoys Chicago."
Michigan Hurricanes AAU team head coach Will Smith joined Tucker on the visit and felt it went well. "He had a great visit," said Smith. "He had a lot of fun. He got to see the campus, his mom got to see the campus. He talked to the academic people. He talked with the Athletic Director. It was a good visit for him."
The visit to Chicago was just part of Tucker's decision. The tireless recruiting effort on the part of the DePaul coaching staff had a great deal to do with Dar's verbal to the Blue Demons. "Coach Wainwright and Coach DeCesare did a great job recruiting Dar," said Smith. "They spent a lot of time up in Saginaw. They were on the phone when they couldn't be with him. He had a great time at the visit. They did an excellent job at recruiting him."
What other factors were important in Tucker's decision? "It's very close to home," Smith remarked. "Wainwright is doing a great job with the guys that are already there, (current Blue Demons) Jabari (Currie) and Wilson (Chandler). It just felt like home when he went down there. It was just a good situation. Basketball-wise there definitely is a good opportunity for him to come there to play right away. He'll be playing directly with his former AAU teammates – Wilson and Jabari."
With all DePaul had going for them it wasn't an easy decision for Tucker. "It was a long process. It was a tough decision for the kid. Illinois, Indiana, Miami, and Cincinnati are all great institutions. He just had to go with what felt best for him. His mom went down on the visit last week. They had a great time. His brother, Ed Tucker, is also at Highland junior college which is about an hour away from Chicago. The Big East conference is a tremendous conference. He'll have an opportunity to play against some of his old teammates, Eric Devendorf (at Syracuse) and Tory Jackson (at Notre Dame)."
One thing for sure is that Tucker will be the first person named Darquavis to wear the Blue Demons uniform. Where did he get such a unique name? "His father named him," said Ms. Adams. "When he said it, I just happened to like it, so I named him Darquavis."
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