Tech target Jordan Tucker has another suitor: Duke

Wheeler forward Jordan Tucker can ponder a scholarship offer from Duke. (247 Sports)
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Wheeler forward Jordan Tucker can ponder a scholarship offer from Duke. (247 Sports)

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has another competitor for Wheeler High four-star forward Jordan Tucker – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Tucker reported an offer from Duke on Sunday, apparently putting the Blue Devils in the mix with Tech and Syracuse. Tucker took the latest of several visits to Tech last week after making an official visit to Syracuse in April. It had been reported that he would choose between the two.

Duke is late into the pursuit of Tucker. Krzyzewski lost out on five-star forward Kevin Knox last week to Kentucky. Both Knox and Tucker play the same small-forward position. The Duke allure needs little explanation, as the Blue Devils are perennially one of the top teams in the country, boast a hall of fame coach and are a common source of first-round draft picks.

In a tweet that followed the one announcing his scholarship offer from Duke, Tucker seemed to address the notion that he might not be interested in the Blue Devils because they had not been interested earlier.

"Being a 2nd priority doesn't change who I am as a player," he wrote. "I know what I'm capable of and I'm going to do what's best for myself and my family."

Tucker has been a high priority for Pastner since shortly after his arrival last April. Tech has assembled a four-player class thus far, but still has three spots available and has dire need for a player with Tucker’s scoring ability. Landing either Tucker or Jonesboro High guard M.J. Walker would also be a major win for Tech in securing a highly-rated local prospect, the type that have frequently eluded the Yellow Jackets in recent years.

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