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Jordan Tucker Hearing More From UNC

N.Y. shooter will be evaluated by UNC this summer.

North Carolina continues to keep an eye on class of 2017 wing Jordan Tucker.

"[North Carolina has] been recruiting me since I was in Vegas (last summer) with Team Loaded," said Tucker, a 6-7 rising senior shooter from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac. "They were focused on their 2016 class at the end of the year so I didn't hear from them much. And then when the EYBL started I started hearing more from them. They haven't offered yet."

Assistant coach C.B. McGrath has been in contact with Tucker's father since the start of EYBL play this spring as North Carolina has made it known that they'll watch Tucker play in July.

"They just want to see more from me. They want to see what I do in a bigger setting like Peach Jam. Nothing is bigger than that," Tucker said.

Tucker broke down some of the things he's looking for in his recruitment by using specific schools as examples of how they could use him. Hoping for offers from Duke and North Carolina before cutting his list, Tucker recently took trips to Maryland and Syracuse and he's trying to visit Villanova before Peach Jam. Indiana is another school that has been very active with him.

"Just the coach, the coaching, how I'm going to fit in," Tucker said of what he's looking for. "I know, for example for Syracuse, I can come in and get playing time. Maryland, I'd have a free-flowing offense. Villanova likes to gets shooters the ball. I look for things like that. I look at who the point guard is going to be. I pay attention to that. Especially point guards. Like, who is going to share the ball and who is a willing passer for making plays?"

This spring in the Nike EYBL Tucker played a key role for The Rens alongside Hamidou Diallo. Tucker averaged 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. During the last three games, Tucker went for 22, 29 and 18 points.

"Just go all out, it's the last session. I was thinking too much before," Tucker said. "[I was] trying to impress the coaches and the scouts or everybody just to prove that I belong when I should just relax and play. That's when I had my best games."

The next step for Tucker is developing his skills beyond his perimeter jumper. Tucker is mostly known as a catch-and-shoot perimeter guy who still has to develop some other areas of his game.

"Just becoming more of a complete player. Putting the ball on the floor more, which I've showed I've improved each session in the EYBL. Putting the ball on the floor and attacking the basket," Tucker said.

"I can shoot off the dribble, which I can do in drills, but translating it into the game is what I'm trying to do more of. Just having the confidence to put the ball on the floor and do a lot more things. A lot of the stuff I do is out of the triple threat, which I've been successful with."

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