Stop me if you have heard this one before, but Duke landed a four-star stud.
On Saturday, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski secured a commitment from 2017 four-star wing Jordan Tucker, who announced his decision on Twitter:
— The Juice Man (@Therealjtucks) May 13, 2017
He chose the Blue Devils over heavy interest from Syracuse, as well as offers from Indiana, Villanova, Georgia Tech, Arizona, UConn, Georgetown, Kansas and Louisville.
Tucker was leaning toward Syracuse, but the recent offer from Duke (he received a scholarship offer last week and then visited Durham) was too good to pass up.
“I was about to narrow it down to just Syracuse,” Tucker told Scout on Friday. “Then Duke came in and I wasn’t sure at first, but my visit changed my perspective on everything and it made my decision even harder.”
The 6-foot-7, 205-pound small forward from White Plains, New York (Wheeler High School), is rated a four-star recruit according to 247 Sports. The site ranks him the No. 77 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 18th-best small forward in the country.
Considering Krzyzewski had already lost Jayson Tatum, Luke Kennard, Harry Giles, Matt Jones, Amie Jefferson and Frank Jackson from last season’s squad, the addition of Tucker is huge. Tucker will add a good deal of depth to a roster in flux.
The only established scorer coming back to Duke is Grayson Allen, and Coach K needed a bucket filler. He got one in Tucker. Sure, Krzyzewski already had a great class (247 Sports now ranks Duke’s class as the third-best recruiting class in the country), but no one in this 2017 recruiting class can light up the scoreboard the way Tucker can.
Tucker has improved by leaps and bounds over the last year and has rapidly moved up the national rankings.
He has one of the purest strokes among high school seniors, and his ability to fill up the box score will give Duke a tremendous boost when he arrives in Durham. Tucker also possesses above-average athleticism and can score from anywhere on the court.
In an arms race where Krzyzewski has adapted the same philosophy as John Calipari at Kentucky, Coach K continues to reload with countless four- and five-star recruits. To be fair, there is a good chance that Tucker will not be a one-and-done recruit like Tatum, Jackson, and the others before him. Tucker has some filling out to do before he will be on NBA scouts’ radars.
With Duke losing out on Kevin Knox last week, Coach K swiftly made Tucker a major priority — his relentlessness quickly paid off. Should one expect anything less from the Hall of Famer?
Tucker will join a stellar 2017 recruiting class that already includes five-star power forward Wendell Carter, five-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., four-star shooting guard Alex O’Connell, and three-star guard Jordan Goldwire.
Duke is not done recruiting, either: The Blue Devils are the perceived leader for five-star point guard Trevon Duval and are among the finalists for five-star center Mohamed Bamba.
Ultimately, Duke will once again be a title contender — that’s nothing new.
Expect Tucker to be part of Coach K’s rotation, because he has the tools to be an integral scorer off the bench and give the Blue Devils an excellent secondary scoring option.
Either way, the commitment of Tucker is proof positive that it’s business as usual at Duke.