Tucker Hopeful For OSU Offer After Camp

Gary (Ind.) West Side power forward Jamil Tucker is hoping his performance at the Nike All-American Camp this week will merit a scholarship offer from Ohio State. Click here for a look at Tucker, one of several power forward prospects the Buckeyes are looking at.

Gary (Ind.) West Side power forward Jamil Tucker told reporters Thursday at the Nike All-American Camp he is eager to be an Ohio State Buckeye.

The 6-8 Tucker told reporters following the Thursday afternoon session of the Nike All-American Camp that he is ready to join his Spiece Indy Heat AAU teammates in committing to the Buckeyes. However, Tucker, ranked 72nd nationally by ScoutHoops.com, admitted that he is to check with OSU head coach Thad Matta after the Nike Camp.

"Actually, Coach Matta said to give him a call right after the camp ends because he's here to evaluate me and see if I'm on top of my game," Tucker said.

Matta did watch Tucker in person Thursday.

"He said give him a call and he'll make the final decision, and that's what I plan to do," Tucker said.

Tucker is among several power forward candidates the Buckeyes are considering for the 2006 recruiting class. OSU has offered Memphis Mitchell Road standout Thaddeus Young, ranked third nationally. Hargrave (Va.) Academy's Vernon Macklin, ranked 14th nationally, also claimed an OSU offer on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Canton McKinley's Raymar Morgan, ranked 33rd nationally, maintains his OSU offer is contingent on what may happen with Young and Macklin. It appears that Tucker is in the same boat.

"We talk a lot and Coach Matta always tells me that he's looking into me and he loves what I do," Tucker said. "He was here today and it was a great thing."

When asked if Matta's presence pumped him up, Tucker said, "It gave me a little edge."

OSU already has verbals from point guard Mike Conley Jr., wings David Lighty and Daequan Cook and center Greg Oden.

"They're going to need a power forward because they have their wings and their center and their point guard, so basically, me, being able to play the power forward, they said I'd be a great fit to go there," Tucker said. "It was like `Why not?' "

Tucker was asked what was luring Indiana's top players – namely Oden and Conley – to Ohio State.

"It isn't any particular reason," Tucker said. "It's just that Ohio State was the best fit in that's wher everybody wanted to go. It wasn't anything against IU or anything like that."

Tucker also lists interest from Miami (Fla.), Arizona, Indiana and Purdue. He said he holds a 2.4 GPA and was awaiting his SAT score.

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