Practice - to perform or work at repeatedly as to become proficient.
For DePaul Blue Demons' budding star, Darquavis Tucker, it's a word he knows well as he prepares himself for his sophomore season.
How has he been getting ready?
"I've been lifting weights, working on my shooting during the morning, and working on my handles late at night," said Tucker.
Head coach Jerry Wainwright specifically told Tucker to work on his dribbling, with the intention of utilizing him more with the ball in his hands during games.
Although currently listed as a forward, Tucker sees himself "more as a combo guard anyway" and feels improving his dribbling will expand his game.
While Tucker has worked to improve as a player on the practice court, Wainwright and his coaching staff has worked to improve as a team on the recruiting trail.
Safe to say, mission accomplished, as DePaul landed three recruits for the 2009 season: center Krys Faber, point guard Jeremiah Kelly and power forward Devin Hill.
Tucker is especially excited about the addition of Faber, stating that "we were needing a center and we got him."
"He's a big body," said Tucker.
With such a young team assembled, Tucker knows the upcoming season will be tough. However, he remains optimistic.
"We have a chance to prove ourselves," said Tucker.
DePaul will get plenty of chances to do just that. Tucker confirmed that the non-conference slate shapes up to include trips to California and UCLA, as well as an appearance in the Las Vegas Classic.
Combine that with the 18-game Big East schedule as well, and DePaul has its work cut out for them.
"Definitely, time to get practicing."
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