Syracuse basketball recruiting is among the best in the nation each and every cycle. The Orange will look to continue that trend in the 2017 class and have their sights set on an in-state prospect. White Plains (N.Y.) Stepinac wing Jordan Tucker added Syracuse to his offer list on Monday.
”When I was at White Plains High School, Coach McNamara came and saw me play,” Tucker said. “Then when I transferred, last week he came by and watched me play. He actually came to my school at Stepinac and saw me play twice within a week. He wanted to offer me then but he felt it would be more special if it came from Jim Boeheim.
”Then I spoke to him (Boeheim) on the phone. He saw me play in Albany. His son was playing at an event there and he saw me play. Then he called my coach and told him that I had an official offer.”
The offer meant a lot to Tucker, who received encouragement from friends and family after receiving the news.
”I was excited,” Tucker said. “I knew it was coming but I didn’t know how or when. Whether it was going to happen now. So I was happy for myself. All my friends found out on Twitter when I tweeted about it. They were all proud of me and excited for me.
”My family is really excited. My dad said I have to keep working. He wants me to keep working and not let this go to my head. But obviously he’s excited as well.”
Being from New York, an offer from Syracuse has a little bit more meaning than a traditional offer. Especially knowing the success of the program and resume of their head coach.
”It kind of made me nervous but excited for myself at the same time,” Tucker said. “Because when you think of a coach like Jim Boeheim coaching you and you see him work with NBA players and the interest he has in those players. Then in the back of his mind he’s thinking about me and how I’m doing and how I play.
”That’s pretty cool.”
”Yeah they’re at the top,” Tucker said. “Between Villanova, Syracuse and Providence. That’s the group at the top right now. Providence has been really showing me a lot as far as them being interested in me.”
Tucker said his goal is to commit before his junior year and after the summer AAU season. He wants to know where is going to school so he can prepare himself for that program and work at getting better to fit within their system.
The talented sophomore will be taking his first trip to Syracuse for Orange Madness on October 17th for an unofficial visit. He is looking forward to seeing the campus and their facilities in person.