Pitino tracks Tucker in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Darquavis Tucker is lighting up Las Vegas at the Big Time Tournament. Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been tracking his prized recruit closely in the desert, and has to be pleased by what he's seen. What's the latest on Tucker's recruitment? Are new schools trying to get in the mix with the 6'4 guard? InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

InsideTheVille.com correspondent John Curtis caught up with Darquavis Tucker before his opening round game at the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The Michigan Hurricanes had an early battle with O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker and D1 Greyhounds and before the game Tucker was willing to share a few thoughts on his recruitment.

Since the last time we have talked to Tucker his list has grown a liitle bit. Tucker now says that he is hearing from Illinois, Arizona, Louisville, but also stated he is now hearing from Florida and Depaul as well. Tucker said that Louisville is still way up there in the recruiting process and that his visit to Louisville last month went really well.

"I hung out with all the guys and had a lot of fun," he said. "The campus is real good, and they've got a lot of guys who can play ball there."

I asked Tucker if he had noticed any coaches in the building and we briefly talked about one in particular.

"It's great to play in front of all the coaches and an honor to play ball in front of Coach Pitino," said Tucker.

During the conversation, Tucker talked about his timetable for his decision.

"Yes, I still plan on making my decision in September," he said.

Well on to the games. So far the Hurricanes have come up short in three pool games against the highly regarded Greyhounds, So. California All-Stars and the Meanstreets Express, but Tucker has done his fair share of work against those teams.

Against the Greyhounds, Tucker compiled 20 points and 5 rebounds in a contest that was highlighted by a nasty throw down of an in-bounds play from the baseline. Tucker also showed that when he wants to get to the hole he is unstoppable with the ability to finish strong and with both hands.

Sunday night, I had the privledge to sit next to Coach Pitino in the stands while Tucker led his team against Meanstreets who consist of elite guards Derrik Rose and Eric Gordon. Even though the Hurricanes came up short, Tucker put up 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

I could tell you a little about his performance but I'll sum it up by saying that the word "unbelievable" came out of a certain coaches mouth a few times during the contest. Tucker was killing the Meanstreets with his mid-range game and with his ability to attack and finish with both hands. Throw in a few three's and you have a very complete player.

Things will get a little easier for Tucker and the Hurricanes as they get out of pool play.

Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for more updates.


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