It was no easy choice for four-star prospect Cliff Tucker of El Paso (Texas) Chapin High School. Go across country to play for your favorite basketball program on your list, or stay home and play in front of family and friends?
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound multidimensional perimeter player has chosen to head east and play for Maryland in the ACC.
"It basically was between Maryland and UTEP," Tucker told Rivals.com when asked about the lengthy decision making process. "My family and friends are here, so that's tough. I wanted to talk it out with them.
"UTEP had family to offer, but I was in Maryland last week and got to play in the Comcast Center in the Capital Classic. I enjoyed being around the Maryland commitments and am looking forward to playing for Coach (Gary) Williams."
In the all-star game, Tucker only scored three points on two field goal attempts, but he dished out five assists and grabbed seven rebounds. These numbers exemplify his playing style.
"I'll be a combo guard at Maryland, and hopefully will work myself into the point guard position," he said. "I think I have a chance to be a NBA point guard with my size and ability to pass the ball. I hope to be able to play at the next level."
The No. 89 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, Tucker averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game this season.
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.