Jordan Tucker, the highest-rated prospect remaining on Indiana's board for the class of 2017, has pretty much narrowed down his choices to just two schools - Indiana and Villanova.
After taking an official visit to Indiana for the UNC game last Wednesday, the 6'7", 205 lb SF out of White Plains (NY) spoke glowingly of the school in an interview with Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog:
"I loved the atmosphere. I got to go for a national game. Usually people go for football games and stuff, I wanted to switch it up, come for a basketball game. So I saw how they prepared for UNC and what they did and what they're going to take away from them. Coach Crean makes his players feel comfortable and always lets them know what they have to do to secure a W."
Indiana has long prioritized Tucker, who transferred from White Plains (NY) Archbishop Stepinac last summer.
"Yeah, I definitely know for a fact that I'm a priority for them, they really want me," Tucker said. "I'm definitely interested and they need someone like me, a shooter or a scorer, that can come in right away and impact the program in a positive way."
Tucker, the #46 rated prospect in the class of 2017, will take an official visit to Villanova on December 13th. Long considered a Syracuse lean, Tucker's transfer to Wheeler HS in Marietta, GA signaled that Tucker's recruitment was far from over, and is about the time when Tom Crean and his staff got involved. While he is still technically considering the Orange among others, the buzz around his recruitment in Syracuse has since cooled, and Indiana and Villanova look to be in a two-horse race down the stretch.
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