Four-star prospect Cliff Tucker appeared to be on the verge of committing to Maryland in the fall before he put his recruitment on hold. Is Maryland still in good shape with the versatile backcourt player from Chapin High School in El Paso, Texas?
"Yes, sir," answered Tucker. "Maryland is still my favorite. I just want to wait until the season is over before I do anything."
There is still some competition for Maryland in landing Tucker. He mentioned UTEP and Clemson as still being in contention, and recently USC has begun to recruit Tucker.
Although Maryland is recruiting both Tucker and point guard Jai Lucas, Tucker said there is no problem with both prospects heading east. At 6-foot-4, 185-pounds, Tucker has the versatility to fill the shoes of departing senior D.J. Strawberry.
"Maryland said they would take both of us," said Tucker. "Jai is more of a pure point guard, and I'm a combo type. They want me to be a guy who can play the one through the three kind of like Strawberry has done for them.
"Whatever decision Jai makes won't affect me."
With his team at 19-11 and headed into the playoffs this week, Tucker is averaging 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game.
Tucker, who visited Maryland in November, will decide whether or not he will visits any other schools after his season ends.
Cliff Tucker scouting report:
A smooth athlete who is skilled with the ball, Tucker plays as much like a point guard as a wing forward. He has a good feel for the game, but he does need to improve his strength and long range shooting for the next level.