Each time I saw Darquavis over the weekend I saw a tough, fearless player, a great rebounder and solid defender. He attacked the basket and hit shots from the outside. He also showed the ability to absorb contact while going to the rack and a solid stroke from the charity stripe. He and his Hurricane teammate, Alex Legion, are the cream of the 2007 in-state wing crop and are being sought after by a number of top-notch programs nationwide. I talked briefly with the Saginaw Arthur Hill sophomore swingman immediately after his dominant performance Saturday evening.
Tucker told me that he is being recruited currently by Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Michigan State, Michigan and Syracuse. When I asked him if he had a current favorite, he told me right away that the Spartans were on the top of his list. Tucker said that he really likes Tom Izzo and the running style that they played with this past season. He also said that he could see himself filling a Maurice Ager type roll as a wing player on the team if he comes to East Lansing.
I asked Dar how he felt about Tom Izzo and his reputation as a tough taskmaster. Tucker told me that that really didn't concern him and that had talked to Kelvin Torbert about Izzo and the program and really feels strong about going there at this time.
Keep in mind though folks that this kid is just finishing up his sophomore year of high school. His recruitment is far from over. If he continues to play like he did last weekend in Fort Wayne, things will only intensify for Tucker, and those who seek his signature, over the next two years.
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