Four-star wing Jordan Tucker on IU: “They really want me”

  • 04/29/2016 11:54 am in

One of the top wing players in the 2017 class was in Bloomington earlier as Archbishop Stepinac (NY) took an unofficial visit to the IU campus.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Tucker is ranked the No. 31 player in the country according to the 247Composite.

Last weekend, he was in Westfield for the second Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) session where he teamed with five-star guard Hamidou Diallo on the New York Rens.

Formerly an adidas-sponsored program, the Rens are playing in the EYBL this year for the first time and Tucker made the move over from the New York Lightning, another EYBL program.

He mentioned Indiana as one of the schools most active in his recruitment in an interview in Westfield last weekend. The Hoosiers offered him a scholarship last May.

“They’re very high on me. They really want me,” Tucker told Inside the Hall. “They just want to get me into the program so that they can develop me. Tom Crean said I can be a special player so he wants to try to make it happen.”

On the EYBL circuit, Tucker is averaging 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game as the Rens are off to a 5-2 start and firmly in the mix for a berth in July’s Peach Jam.

In addition to the heavy interest from Indiana, Tucker mentioned Syracuse, Maryland, Villanova, Oklahoma, USC and St. John’s as some of the schools most involved in his recruitment.

Along with Diallo and Quade Green, Tucker is scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Syracuse today and the Orange have prioritized him on their list of targets.

“I’m a New York kid. They’ve been on me since I was a freshman,” he said. “They think I can fit perfect in their system as far as being a scorer, shooter and someone that can be very impactful in their zone.”

Tucker, who holds offers from more than 30 programs, hopes to use the rest of the spring and the summer to continue working on his game so that he’s ready to make a major impact when he begins his college career in the fall of 2017.

“I think just working on my athleticism and playing hard throughout the whole game,” Tucker explained. “Sometimes I miss shots and let it get me down, but I just need to keep going.”

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  • TomJameson

    Soooo … What’s the Guinness book of records for the most offers made in a season by a college basketball program??

  • Ole Man

    LOL! I’m sure Cal holds that record at pUKe.

  • BL

    Really good shooter. No dunk fest here. Funny, says he’s 6’8 but can’t find a single video where he throws it down. Doesn’t appear to be very athletic.

  • N71

    If we fall short for this class it won’t be for the lack of effort.

  • inLinE6

    Cal generally prints out latest ESPN top 25 rankings, hands to his assistants to send out offers.

  • inLinE6

    Are you talking about Priller?

  • Chief

    definitely priller

  • SilentBob

    Oh swell. That’ll impact his NBA prospects more than his college capabilities in my opinion. Very sound player, looks like he has been doing his part in the weight room this year too. Think him, DeRon, Juwan, and Freddie would work extremely well together. Obviously OG if he is around, but I personally don’t think he will be. Solid combo of athleticism, scrappiness, fundamentals, defense, and shooting right there.

  • SCHoosier

    I think the way he started the sentence on who he might be interested in (Well I’m a NY Kid”.).says a lot.

  • BL

    Not seeing it but hey, he’s ranked in the top 50 so what the hell do I know?

  • Fifer39

    Sorry, not sure I follow you. Isn’t that where he’s talking about Syracuse?

  • Fifer39

    Looks like he can dunk it fine in some of the other video and not too sure he’s not very athletic – looks OK to me but I’m no expert either! Does seem to have a chip on his shoulder – seems pretty confident he’s one of the best players in the country and a few examples of jawing at the refs in some of the video. Not necessarily a bad thing though.

  • SilentBob

    Not seeing what? If my last sentence was of any confusion, that long list of adjectives was meant to describe those 4 players as a group.

  • BL

    I see significantly less athleticism than most kids in the top 50. Sorry, other than a nice stroke, I’m not super excited about this one. As I suggested, I could be dead wrong.

  • Bled4IU

    Don’t think he was ranked no.31 in country by accident. The kid is athletic!

  • Why would you think he’s not very athletic? Have you seen a video or something that we haven’t? I kinda doubt Syracuse, Villanova, USC and other major colleges.. would be interested if he didn’t have some athleticism to him.. just wondered though, why you thought that?

  • BL

    No, he can play. Just like some other top 50 kids we’re recruiting much better.

  • BL

    Go to youtube and watch these three videos:


    As I said above, kid can really shoot it. Think NZ at 6’8. Be a really nice addition but no way I want him like I do Porter or Wilkes. Just nowhere near the same class athletically. Watch when he gets around the rim. No lift. Did find one dunk on the last video. Height above the rim looks like a 6’0 guard that can barely dunk. He’s a pure perimeter player. Again, like to have him but not if it means losing scholly availability for a Porter or Wilkes.

  • BL

    Rankings are meaningful but they’re not gospel. Also, ranking in the top 50 doesn’t always mean a kid is “an athlete” (quicks, speed, hops, etc). Consider Jeremy Hollowell. He was another highly touted 6’8 kid; ranked #36 by 247Sports. I thought the same thing about him; just didn’t look nearly as athletic as so many other top 50 kids. Worse, didn’t have Tucker’s stroke. Anyway, just a reference point.

  • SilentBob

    Ah man he will be a much better player than a 6’8 NZ. He may not be a powerful leaper, but has a great feel for ball handling and passing for a forward it looks like. Maybe somewhere between NZ and Kyle Anderson. And Christian Watford at 6’9 wasn’t exactly dunking all over the place.

    But nobody comparing him to Porter. Porter is insane. I think he is already better than Brandon Ingram. And Kris is nice too. But no telling what kids will do. I’ll will greatly take any of the three.

  • BL

    Just expressing my hopes that we land a couple of the really special kids (e.g. Porter) and there is an obvious difference. Being greedy, like to have shooters like Tucker as well.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree that the rankings aren’t the gospel- see JH, HMP vs OG, VO….

    I do trust CTC’s judgment and ability to develop – even if we miss sometimes- see JH, HMP….

  • BL

    I’m just saying I hope kids like Porter and Wilkes take the first available scholly’s. Has nothing to do with Coach’s judgement or ability to develop. Jeez, I understand Coach doesn’t simply have the pick of the litter.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree with you BL —

  • BL

    TW invited to combine. YF an alternate.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Really,YF, he is an alternate! I wouldn’t of thought that.

  • Just saw an article on another site that Troy Williams has in fact been invited to the NBA Combine.. Good for him.. Hope he does great. Love Troy, but think what he really wants is to move on… and make some dollars for all of his efforts. Good luck Troy.

  • BL

    I think it’s a really good reminder for us regarding the difference between a very good D1 player and the enormous talent you find in the NBA. I mean for example, consider Michael Westbrook vs. Yogi. It’s why I want us to take advantage of our momentum and get some truly elite players (e.g. Porter, Langford). It’s the easiest way to hang banners. The perfect formula is to follow Duke; supplement the truly elite players with kids like YF, TW, TB, etc. Last truly elite players for IU: Thomas, Henderson, Cheaney, Gordon, Zeller and a surprise named VO.

  • Bled4IU

    That is an undeserved slap in the face for Yogi! I get the height factor is really hurting his value, but he can flat out play the game and deserves at least an invite. Really hate to hear this, if in fact it is true!

  • Jeremy

    Someone compared this kid to Jeremy Hollowel. Hopefully, he is more athletic then Jeremy was. However, in case anyone is interested Jeremy is at Georgia State and he last averaged 14.8 pts and 4.9 rebounds a game. He played an average of 31 min. a game and is listed as 6ft 8 in and 216 lbs. state finished 14-16 on the yr.

  • BL

    Not a “slap in the face” unless Yogi goes on to prove most NBA execs wrong. Only takes one to draft him. Hope he gets his chance.

  • Bill Graham

    Nice to read a Bob post….you’ve been kinda quiet for awhile… I agree this kid is a NZ – Kyle Anderson hybrid. Very Klay Thompson esq…

  • Bill Graham

    Any guy 6-7 or taller that can knock down the 3 is extremely valuable. Here’s a list to prove my point:

    Nik Stauskas, Jared Uthoff, Kyle Wiltjer, Christian Watford, John Shurna, Sam Dekker, Doug McDermott, Deshaun Thomas, Klay Thompson….and the lost goes on and on.

    This kid could be incredibly valuable even if his highlight tape isn’t all dunks and blocks. Basketball is (unfortunately) developing into 1st -dunk it…if that fails shoot the 3….if that fails turn it over.

    This kid actually has a mid-range game. Its like seeing an old record player…not as common as the new stuff but just as awesome and valuable.

  • BL

    Bill, appears you’re replying indirectly to my comment regarding athleticism or lack thereof. Again, I’ll reiterate, I’d like to have this kid but not at the expense of getting Porter or Wilkes. Also, most of the guys you listed are superb athletes or much taller than Tucker. I mean Stauskas, Dekker, Thomas and Thompson all have multiple highlight type dunks. Even Shurna had a 34+ inch vertical. Uthoff and Watford are 6’9, Wiltjer 6’10. Put them in 6’7 bodies and we wouldn’t know their names.

  • Bill Graham

    True. Good point. And my post wasn’t completely indirectly in response to your post..I tend to skim the comments before writing my own. I think there are looming questions with this kid: will he grow? Does he possess high flying athleticism but is strictly marketed as a shooter? How consistent is his shot? Can he D up at least 3 dif positions (2-4 or 3-5)?

    If most of those fall into place then I certainly believe he has Stauskas-like potential.

  • BL

    Give us Porter and we won’t have to worry about all the if’s 🙂

  • The thing is, these guys invite the guys y think have the best shot a a good draft experience. They are not just doing it cause he’s 5′ 1″ or because they are slapping hi in the face. There’s just too many that they believe have a better shot at making it in the NBA. It’s nothing personal, it doesn’t speak to deserved or undeserved.. It’s a business like anything else. he just isn’t held in high enough regard by the NBA scouts and management.

  • Bill Graham