Tidal wave of attention for Rico

NC State continues to look over the class of 2004 point guards. University High School's Enrico Tucker is being checked out by the Pack and a ton of other schools. TSW talked to the San Diego player and his father to get the latest information on his recruitment.

Enrico Tucker can score in bunches. The San Diego guard is averaging 23.5 points (6 rebounds and 5.8 assists) and he has the ability to go off when he needs to. The most recent example was in a game last night against Lincoln High. In the third quarter, his team was down by 26 points, Rico lead a frantic comeback to pull within seven. Lincoln went on to win 85-75, but Tucker's finishing flurry netted him 32 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. A typical night for the fast rising guard.

It's also becoming typical for college recruiters to make a stop in San Diego to watch Tucker. Last night, Paul Westphal was in the house checking the explosive play of the University Junior. We asked Rico's father, Terry Tucker, what schools were currently on his son. "The list is numerous. Arizona, Oregon, Georgetown, LSU, Ohio State, San Diego State, Tulsa, San Francisco, Colorado State." The Insiders also lists Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego, UNLV, USC and NC State.

Currently, the only team to offer is San Diego. Rico committed to them early. However, a chance to play at a major D-1 program is an option that needed to be explored, so Rico opened back up his recruitment at the end of January. Terry told TSW what happened after they made that decision. "Rico gave San Diego an early verbal but has since re-opened his recruitment. He was worried about the ability of San Diego to become a top notch program. He basically has become a top player in his class and wants to play in a big conference with a top 25 program. Since Rico opened up it has been like a tidal wave or something."

Rico also told TSW about his change of heart and his decision to re-open the process. "I committed to the University of San Diego, but that commitment is off. I want to know what else is out there for me. I want to hear what other schools have to say. I am going to go to a school for four years, so I want to make the right decision for me."

We asked the elder Tucker about NC State and what their involvement was at this point. "He has been in contact with the NC State coaching staff and is very interested in the Pack" said Terry. "Coach Phelps has called his High School coach. We watch them a lot on Fox's Sunday Night Hoops. We really like the ACC and State obviously needs a point guard. They recruited Mustafa."

The Tucker family knows the history of NC State, despite them living on the West Coast. "I grew up as a big fan of David 'Sky Walker' Thompson and it is funny God blessed Rico with those type hops" said Terry. "I have some tape of him dunking over guys from outside the lane. San Diego measured and they said he has a 48 inch vertical."

Tucker is beginning to take a few unofficial visits according to Rico's father. "Arizona wants us to visit. Rico will just do an unofficial since it is so close and we have friends there. Probably this weekend since they are playing USC and they have also shown interest."

At this point, Rico has his options open. "He is wide open right now. He has not been able to see all the schools yet, so until then he will leave it open."

Tucker will play with the Pumps out of LA this summer in AAU ball and has already received an invite to the NIKE All-American camp in July.

Tucker is also a stand-out RB for University High where he was the third leading rusher in the county with 1450 yards in 2002. He has decided not to play football next year in order to concentrate full time on basketball for his senior year.

Rico looks to be a full qualifier. He has already taken the SAT and got a score of 920. His current GPA is 3.0.

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