Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Player to Watch: Dar Tucker

Nobody is talking about DePaul.

They were picked to finish 15th out of 16 in the loaded Big East and Jerry Wainwright’s crew isn’t being given even the slightest chance of challenging for a middle-of-the-pack spot.

While the days of Wilson Chandler and Sammy Mejia are over, the Blue Demons now have a very talented sophomore forward with a dynamic skill set—6-foot-4, 210-pound Dar Tucker.

Tucker, a Saginaw, Michigan native, made the All-Big East Rookie Team is 2007-2008, while garnering weekly conference honors in the first week of January.

It’d be easy to give all his single-game scoring statistics and let them speak for his play, as he averaged nearly 14 points and 5 rebounds per game on an 11-19 squad.

However, the fact that two of his dunks were highlighted on Sportscenter’s “Top 10 Plays of the Day” gives you a little insight into the finishing ability of a player undersized for his position.

The southpaw can put the ball on the floor, has strong moves to the lane, jumps out of the gym and is certainly a player to look out for as the season gets underway.

The pundits can sleep on DePaul, but if opponents get complacent and forget about Dar Tucker, they’re making a huge mistake.

NOTE: Dar’s birth name is Darquavis

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