LEXINGTON -- Class of 2017 small forward Jordan Tucker is beginning to emerge on the national recruiting scene after a strong sophomore season.
The 6-foot-6 Tucker is currently playing in the EYBL with the New York Lightning and the White Plains, N.Y. native is already hearing from an impressive group of schools.
Arizona, Dayton, Oklahoma, Providence, St. John's, Syracuse, UConn and Villanova are the schools that Tucker claims scholarship offers from while Maryland, Miami and North Carolina are showing interest.
So far, the EYBL has been an eye-opening experience for Tucker, as he plays in front of some of the best coaches in the nation.
"It's been good. I wasn't being aggressive enough last session. So this [second] session, I came in, rebounded, played hard and it got me into my offense," Tucker said. "Everybody's watching, so I have to show up to play."
Tucker regards himself as a strong shooter, but he also believes that he can do a little bit of everything.
"I can put the ball on the floor. I'm smooth; I can shoot the ball," Tucker said. "I rebound, play defense. I need to get after it more on defense, but I'm trying. I make plays for my teammates when I can as well."
Tucker's focusing this spring and summer on being a consistent presence every time he takes the floor. Since Tucker is regarded by Scout.com as the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2017 class, he knows that scouts and coaches will look for him to produce every time he plays.
"My motor [is my focus]. My coach is really on me, especially from last session," Tucker said. "He didn't think I was playing hard enough and I could tell by my stats that I wasn't playing hard enough. So today I came out and played really hard."
On the recruiting front, North Carolina has been in touch with Tucker's coaches and showing some early interest. Tucker isn't going to cut his list anytime soon, but he specifically mentioned North Carolina as a school that wants to see more of him.
"I'll likely cut my list next year," Tucker said. "There's other schools that want to see me more like Kansas, Florida, North Carolina. Those bigger schools. So I'll probably cut my list after my junior EYBL season."
Taking visits is also something that Tucker hasn't planned much for in the future, but he's starting to think about some of the things he's looking for in a future school.
"[I want to play in an] uptempo offense; everybody is getting touches. Being able to handle the ball. I'm a shooter so I want to play in a system where I can get open and get some looks," Tucker said.
The recruiting process is still in its early stages for Tucker, but he is friends with UNC's class of 2017 commitment Jalek Felton, who has been in his ear a little bit about the Tar Heels.
"Nobody is really committed in my class besides Jalek Felton. I know him pretty well," Tucker said. "Played with him, played against him. Last time I saw him it was at the Elite 24. He was telling me what he was about to do. He was trying to tell me to come to North Carolina."
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