Please Jordan Tucker, bring your talents to the Carrier Dome and help this team redeem themselves and shock the nation. Syracuse basketball is as historic as it gets, and you can help cement your name in its history.
Tucker is a four-star recruit who ranks 40th in ESPN 100’s recruiting class for 2017. He’s a 6’7” forward with a dynamic skillset and the ability to change a team’s plans for a season. His ability to score from the perimeter and at the rim is just what coach Jim Boeheim is looking for in a wing player.
If Tucker decided to play for the Orange next season he’d be filling a role that Syracuse lacks—small forward. The Orange are losing their starting small forward in Andrew White III who led the team in scoring last year.
Matthew Moyer who red shirted last season is the projected starting small forward for Boeheim next season, but that could all change if Tucker came into the equation. Sure Moyer is an exciting prospect, but we don’t know much about his ability to handle the college game.
The same could be said about Tucker, but imagine having both Tucker and Moyer attacking defenses from the wing—that would be scary. The Orange are losing a lot of their depth next season, so adding Tucker to the roster will likely help Boeheim sleep peacefully before tip off.
So how would Tucker fit with Tyus Battle you may ask. Well, the answer is pretty well. Both players have the ability to attack the rim which would make the Syracuse offense as dynamic as it gets.
If one of the two can get in the lane the defense will have to either commit a double team or hope that their defender can defend the ball handler one-on-one—I like my odds with that. If the double team comes then the Orange will be looking for their shooters to space the floor and knock down the three.
Jordan Tucker isn’t wearing orange yet, but you can’t blame Syracuse fans for getting excited about the possibility of it becoming a reality. Tucker’s versatility is what Syracuse heroes are made of, and how could he say no to the idea of being a “hero”?
The decision is coming sooner rather than later, so buckle up Syracuse fans, a game changer may be coming soon. Next year’s team isn’t getting a lot of publicity, but that’s okay, the Orange are fine shocking the nation, and Jordan Tucker would do just that.