Louisville jumps into the recruiting mix for 4-star small forward Jordan Tucker, who will play his senior year in Georgia with Darius Perry

There's a new name on the recruiting board for the University of Louisville basketball team in the Class of 2017 - Jordan Tucker. The Cardinals have jumped into the mix for the 6-foot-7 small forward, who will play his senior season with Darius Perry at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga.

The University of Louisville basketball staff has two more spots left in the Class of 2017 and the Cardinals' have been focused on four or five targets to fill out the remaining scholarships.

Now, you can add another name to the mix.

Four-star small forward Jordan Tucker confirmed to Cardinal Authority that Louisville has "jumped into" the mix of his recruitment and U of L assistant coach Mike Balado has been talking to him daily.

"It's not too late at all," Tucker said. "They figured I was a done deal to Syracuse, but that's not the case. I won't be making a decision until the new year or even next spring, so they have time to recruit me."

Added Tucker's father, Lew: "It's not too late at all. We're looking for the right fit. If the shoe fits, we'll wear it."

Tucker is from White Plains, N.Y., but is transferring for his senior season to Marietta, Ga., Wheeler High School where he'll play alongside U of L commitment Darius Perry. He said he's become close friends with Perry.

"We didn't know each other before this summer but now we're boys," Tucker said. "We worked out when I visited Wheeler and then I saw him at adidas Nations. It's going to be fun with him."

Tucker is ranked as the No. 79 player in the Class of 2017 and the No. 16 small forward.

Lew Tucker said not only is there the connection with Perry but he has a connection with U of L coach Rick Pitino and also with the Cardinals. H played at Mount Vernon, N.Y., and said he's friends with former U of L stars Scooter and Rodney McCray, who went to the same school.

"I know about Louisville and Rick Pitino," the father said. "I know coach Pitino from his days at 5-star camp when I went to camp. I've followed him from his days at Boston (University) and all the way to Louisville. I know his history."

Jordan Tucker said he doesn't have any officials visits set up yet but will make five and is likely to narrow his list of schools to eight in the near future, noting Louisville "will be one of the top schools on my list."


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