Tucker, an athletic shooting guard from Saginaw, Michigan, and Pope, a talented combo forward from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, are two of Pitino's top recruiting targets in the Class of 2007.
With only two scholarships currently available for the Class of 2007 (That's counting Chad Millard as a transfer), Tucker and Pope will likely get a chance this week to reserve their spots on Pitino's 2007-08 roster. The big question? Will either or both players cast their lot with Louisville before the summer camps and AAU tournaments heat up next month?
Tucker was slated to arrive in Louisville yesterday after finishing up at the NBA Top 100 Camp in Richmond, Virginia. One of the leading scorers at the NBA Camp, Tucker averaged nearly 14 points per game in Richmond, using an outstanding midrange game to score his points. Rated the No. 38 prospect nationally, Tucker would be a solid pick up for the Cardinals.
"He cut down on the number of 3's he (took) and wore it out from mid-range," Dave Telep said of Tucker's performance last week.
It appears a two-horse race for Tucker's services, with Louisville out in front of Miami. While he could make a similar visit to the Hurricane's campus before July, it seems highly probable that Tucker might reach a decision without doing so. Tucker will attend the ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey early next month and could make his decision before heading east.
The Cardinals might be the
favorite with Pope.
Herb Pope will make his visit right after Tucker leaves Louisville. Slated to arrive in Louisville on Tuesday, the Cardinals will have a chance to show off their program to Scout.com's ninth-rated prospect nationally. Pope also attended the NBA Camp last week and will play in the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis in July.
While Pope told InsideTheVille.com's Evan Daniels in Richmond that he's not quite ready to make a college decision, it's clear the Cardinals are one of the frontrunners to land the versatile forward. Kansas State, once thought to be a favorite to land Pope, now appears out of the mix after landing 6'7 Michael Beasley late last week.
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