Strong early summer performances with the Tennessee Travelers had schools from the SEC tracking 6-foot-6, 186-pound small forward Daniel Puckett. Sub-par performances in July by Puckett, from McEwen, Tenn., however, allowed one Conference USA school to snag what might turn out to be a “steal.”
“Daniel committed to Tulane last night,” said McEwen head coach Phil Ross. “It came down to them and Belmont. Austin Peay and ETSU had also involved and had offered scholarships.
“His visit went really well. He wants to major in Business, and they have a very good Business School. He weighed the pros and cons, and Tulane won out.”
Puckett, who averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game last season, is an athletic slasher who is capable of bringing the ball up the court and also posting. In addition to getting stronger, he needs to fine-tune his outside jumper for the collegiate level.
“They got a good one in Daniel,” said Coach Ross. “I told [Assistant] Coach Reynolds that last night. I think they got a steal.
“Daniel has the whole package and just needs to improve his outside shot. We run motion, and he plays all five positions for us. He we get pressured, he will run the point, and we also post him a lot.”
Tulane is also working hard to secure a commitment from Arkansas Wings' guard Ryan Williams.