Boasting an impressive combination of strength and athleticism, 6’5”, 190-pound small forward Rayjon Tucker has developed into a high-major Division 1 prospect. Virginia Tech is certainly high on the Northside Christian (Charlotte, N.C.) product, who has been offered a scholarship by new Hokies head man Buzz Williams.
At the NBPA Top 100 Camp in mid-June, Tucker told TechSideline.com that Virginia Tech was “coming at me the hardest right now.”
Of the Hokies, Tucker said: “I love ‘em. I definitely love Coach Buzz. He acts just like my dad, so that’s a place of interest right now.”
Tucker, a rising senior, denied having a clear favorite; however, “I definitely have some top priorities right now,” said Tucker, who is rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN.com.
Since the Top 100, Tucker has visited UNC and Clemson, scoring an offer from the Tigers. Boston College, VCU and UNC-Charlotte are among the other schools that have offered the promising prospect, who is drawing serious interest from UNC.
In addition to Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Clemson are other schools the Tar Heel state standout is said to be high on. Tucker discussed what he is ultimately looking for in a school.
“I’m looking for a school that will play my style of ball, which is get out and run, press, play defense, get out… and family atmosphere. That’s always what every kid always wants, that family atmosphere, like they’re back at home,” he said.
A former football player, Tucker, whose father played football at Western Carolina, gave up the gridiron after his freshman year in order to focus on basketball. Athleticism, strength, and consistent effort are trademarks of his game.
Given his physical traits and effort, defense should be a strength of Tucker’s. In terms of his offensive game, Tucker said: “I guess I try to get my teammates involved before I get involved. If they don’t feel too involved, that’s when I take over. I feel like my role is to lead the team.”
Tucker averaged 12 points, six rebounds and three assists per game last season as a junior. He helped his team to a state championship in the process.