In what can only be considered a very promising turn of events, 4-star small forward Jordan Tucker announced on his Twitter page that he’ll be taking an official visit to Syracuse this upcoming weekend.
Change of plans… I will be taking an official visit to Syracuse this weekend April 7-9🍊
— The Juice Man (@Therealjtucks) April 5, 2017
With Syracuse in dire need of help at the small forward position after losing both Andrew White and Tyler Lydon (not to mention the desperate need of another shooter with those two and John Gillon gone from the roster), Tucker would plug multiple holes. At 6-foot-8, he’s a natural small forward and is one of the top three point shooters in the recruiting class of 2017.
The New York native, who spent this past year down in Georgia playing for national power Wheeler, was thought to be leaning heavily toward Indiana before the Hoosiers fired Tom Crean. Villanova, Oregon, and Georgia Tech are some of the other schools still high on his list, but after a visit from Jim Boeheim and Gerry McNamara a couple weeks ago, Tucker put Syracuse right back in the mix. The momentum certainly seems to be turning toward the Orange in his recruitment, as well.
Tucker has always liked the Orange, but the two sides cooled on one another a bit late last summer, before things picked back up recently. The spring signing period begins on April 12, and the fact that Tucker switched his visit this weekend (the last before the signing period opens up) from Oregon to Syracuse certainly can’t be a bad omen.
If Tucker were to choose Syracuse, he’d join Oshae Brissett, Bourama Sidibe, and Howard Washington in the class of 2017. Syracuse is also still working hard on getting Eric Ayala to reclassify to 2017, with both Tucker and Ayala remaining the top two options to round out this year’s recruiting class.
Landing Tucker and Ayala would also give the Orange a lot more roster flexibility, particularly considering that Syracuse doesn’t currently have a true small forward coming back next year. Matthew Moyer and Brissett can play there for stretches, but both are more natural at power forward (for now). It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which Tucker wouldn’t walk into the starting lineup next year, given his size (he’s also around 210 pounds) and smooth shooting stroke.