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 to, so they have a good shot."
Tucker would add instant toughness to Tommy Amaker's lineup in much the same way Corperryalle Harris would. The Saginaw Arthur Hill standout is a proven winner, having led the Lumberjacks to a state title this past year. Furthermore, he plays with the type of dogged determination that coaches love and he can finish with the best of them. In GoBlueWolverine's scouting report on Tucker last summer we wrote:
"(Tucker) is the best athlete in the state already and is one of the tops in the country regardless of class. An intense and fiery competitor, Dar is explosive in the open court and will try and smash on anyone! He is a finisher that is automatic when he gets the ball anywhere in the paint. He’s a good defender and is an excellent rebounder. He needs to improve his jumper, as he is more of a streak shooter at this point. He also must improve his off the dribble skills."
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."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Tucker in the coming days.