There are recruits you get excited about, and then there are recruits you get EXCITED about. Jordan Tucker is the latter. Butler hasn't had one of those types of recruits for awhile. Well, ever. Tucker, a Duke transfer, comes into the program as Butler's highest ranked recruit in program history as he was ranked 40 by ESPN in the 2017 class.
#1 Jordan Tucker
Sophomore Small Forward
6'7" - 200 lbs
Last year's stats: N/A
He's a guy who comes in and is a program changer. Well, he won't really change the program but once he becomes eligible in mid-December, he's the type of guy that opposing coaches have to gameplan against. We all know Kelan Martin and the impact that he had on the program. What if I said that the potential impact by Tucker could be even greater?
Tucker is a versatile 6'7 small forward who is able to step out or play down low during small ball lineups. There is no guarantee that he comes in and takes over immediately when he is eligible, though. Sean McDermott and Christian David are obvious roadblocks. With the talent that Tucker has, don't be surprised if he is in the starting lineup by the end of the year.
The reason that Tucker transferred is because he thought he was going to be a key player on Coach Mike Krzyzewski's squad, but as the season progressed he learned that he wasn't going to be. He transferred so that he could make an impact immediately, and at Butler he will.
Look for Tucker to be a guy who is relied on when he is in the game. He's going to help the offense out scoring the ball was well as taking a little pressure off of Kamar Baldwin. With Tucker, Butler is going to be able to spread the floor out and have five guys on the floor who could make a three at anytime. Tucker is still just a sophomore which means he will be around for two more years. Get ready.