Michigan jumps in with Dar Tucker

The Michigan Wolverines have not been a factor in the recruitment of Saginaw Arthur Hill's Darquavis Tucker for quite some time, but that now seems to have changed. A visit to Ann Arbor yesterday thrust the Maize and Blue right into thick of consideration. The explosive wing spoke with GoBlueWolverine last night about how things went.

For the second time in as many weeks, the Michigan basketball program hosted an unofficial visitor that might catch many outside of Ann Arbor off guard. Last week in was Anthony (Noopy) Crater's attendance at an open gym session. Yesterday, it was Darquavis Tucker's turn to spring the surprise.

"I took a little visit," Tucker said to GoBlueWolverine last night. "They had got in touch with (his high school coach) and scheduled a little meeting, so we went up there. It was just a little meeting with Coach Amaker to talk about how they wanted me and to find out if I was interested. I had narrowed things down to a top three, but I guess I'm going to put them in there now. I really didn't know they were interested, but they explained it all to me."

The powerfully athletic 6-5 wing had recently announced Louisville, Miami, and Marquette as his three finalists. Michigan, meanwhile, had long been an afterthought in his recruitment. Neither party seemingly had much interest in the other. According to Tucker, though, that was just case of miscommunication.

"When they saw lists of schools I named, they really didn't think I was interested in Michigan and I felt like they weren't interested in me," he explained. "So it was like we both didn't know. So we had a meeting to talk about it."

Michigan's recent entrance in this recruitment may seem to put them at a disadvantage, but Tucker indicated that the Maize and Blue will be a factor regardless.

"They have a good shot," Tucker said regarding Michigan's chances with him. "I really like how they play. (Coach Amaker) showed me some film, and I can see myself in there. It's close to home too, so they have a good shot."

As luck would have it, the Wolverines may have gotten in with Tucker just in time. If he opts to stick with his decision timetable, his recruitment could be over sooner rather than later.

"I don't know," Tucker said regarding when he'd make his choice. "It will probably be during ABCD. The factors will be how well I get along with the coaches and the education. My Louisville visit is this month, but I don't when. The other (visits)- I don't know yet."

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