Texas high school guard Tucker signs with Terps

College Basketball

April 14, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- Cliff Tucker, considered by many among the nation's top high school guards, signed and faxed a letter of intent yesterday to play for Maryland, the athletic department announced.

Maryland still has one scholarship remaining, leaving the option open for popular prospect Jai Lucas, whose father, John, played for the Terps. Lucas has prolonged his recruiting process and is still uncommitted.

Tucker, a 6-foot-5 senior swingman from Chapin High School in El Paso, Texas, is a four-star recruit ranked the No. 19 shooting guard in the country by Rivals.com. His coach, Tom Shukitt, said Tucker can play three positions.

"The coaches tell me my game is similar to D. J. Strawberry," said Tucker, who is from Forestville and had about 30 family members watch him play in the Capital Classic at Comcast Center. "Hopefully, I can come in and contribute right away. But the most important thing is we win."

Tucker said he'll be at Maryland for the July 17 summer session.

As a high school senior, he averaged 21.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 4.4 steals and 2.8 blocked shots.

Tucker, who chose the Terps over Clemson, Texas A&M and Texas-El Paso, is the fifth recruit to commit. He will join Adrian Bowie (Montrose Christian), Braxton Dupree (Calvert Hall), Dino Gregory (Mount St. Joseph) and Shane Walker (Montrose Christian), all of whom signed during the early signing period in November.


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