It didn’t take long for the Duke basketball program to fill its open wing spot in its 2017 recruiting class as the Blue Devils picked up a commitment from Jordan Tucker today.
— The Juice Man (@Therealjtucks) May 13, 2017
Tucker is a 6’7”, 205-pound 4-star small forward from Marietta, Ga., who’s ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 18 small forward and No. 77 overall player in the 2017 class.
Duke moved quickly on Tucker following the news Saturday that Kevin Knox would be attending Kentucky. Knox had been Duke’s top target at the small forward position, but the Blue Devils shifted their efforts to Tucker, who’d also been considering Georgia Tech and Syracuse.
According to a report by The Devils Den, Duke was up-front with Tucker throughout the recruiting process in terms of where he stood in relation to the program also recruiting Kevin Knox. Once Knox was out of the picture, it opened up the door for Tucker, who was hoping to receive an offer from the Blue Devils.
For Duke fans who’ve become frustrated with the program’s reliance on too many one-and-done players, Tucker has the potential to be a great fit for the team.
He’s regarded as a strong perimeter shooter and has decent length, meaning he could grow into a solid, versatile defender if he commits to improving on that end of the floor.
Tucker would also be a multi-year player who can grow into a role with the team, instead of being another one-and-done prospect that has become common for Duke on the wing over the past few years.
He could also be expected to contribute as early as next season, based on Duke’s lack of depth at the wing position, especially if Frank Jackson elects to stay in the NBA Draft.
Duke will now hope to round out its 2017 recruiting class with 5-star point guard Trevon Duval and 5-star big man Mohamed Bamba. Tucker joins Gary Trent Jr., Wendell Carter, Alex O’Connell, and Jordan Goldwire as the fifth member of the incoming freshman class.
Welcome to the Duke family, Jordan!