Decision Looming for Tucker

Top-40 Saginaw, Mich., wing Darquavis Tucker talks about his recent trip to Bloomington, the other schools he's considering, and when he plans on bringing his recruitment to a close with a decision...

A decision is nearing for Darquavis Tucker.

The 6-5, 180-pounder from Saginaw, Michigan's Arthur Hill H.S. has visited a couple of potential college destinations, has another trip planned, and has a timetable for a decision in mind.

"(My decision) will be in September," Tucker said.

One of the trips Tucker has already made is to IU, a visit that took place earlier this month. Tucker said he was in Bloomington for two days for a visit, which also included participating in the Hoosiers' Elite Camp Aug. 5.

That camp – which also included recent IU commit Brandon McGhee - provided Tucker with the opportunity to get an up-close look at how IU Coach Kelvin Sampson runs a practice, as well as a chance to meet a handful of the Hoosier players.

"I like their coaching staff," Tucker said. "I like Coach Sampson a lot. The school was nice, and the players were cool. They (the Indiana players) were trying to convince me to go there.

"They said I'd fit in well there. They said they're going to be running a lot, which is good."

That's something Tucker has had a great deal of success with at the prep level. As a junior, Tucker helped guide Arthur Hill H.S. to the program's first state championship in 62 years by averaging 25.0 points per game. He capped off his season with a 26-point effort in a 72-70 double overtime win over Okemos H.S. in the state championship game, including the game-winning finger roll with five seconds remaining in the contest.

But he's not just a scorer. Tucker has drawn comparisons to former Arizona wing Hassan Adams due to his athleticism and ability to rebound.

"Some of my strengths are rebounding and taking it to the hole," Tucker said. "If I can improve by dribbling, I think I'll be a better player."

Indiana is far from the only school trying to convince Tucker that he would be well suited on their college campus. The 40th-ranked player in the '07 class according to, Tucker has programs from around the country trying to lure him.

Indiana and Louisville appear to be two of the front-runners, but Tucker said he was also impressed with Cincinnati during a visit there, and DePaul has surfaced as a possibility as well. Miami (Fla.) has also recently gotten involved, and Tucker said he'll be visiting the Hurricane program Aug. 30.

"Indiana, Louisville, DePaul, Cincinnati, Illinois, Miami…I like all of them," Tucker said. Top Stories