March 5, 2012

Lansing point guard is on WMU's recruiting list

Talk about it in The Zoo

Western Michigan has only one scholarship to give for their basketball program this recruiting cycle, and after a seven man class of 2012, the strategy will surely be drastically different this time around. One scholarship available means that the Broncos' coaching staff can focus their efforts on getting the one player they really want, and a prospect in the running for that honor is three-star guard Charles Tucker.

Tucker is a 5'11", 162-pound point guard out of Lansing Eastern High School, and has also played for powerful All-Ohio Red on the AAU circuit, the same team that produced Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Jon Diebler among many other college standouts. Western Michigan coaches were in town recently to watch Tucker play against crosstown rival Lansing Sexton, and have been in contact with the prospect for a number of weeks. WMU assistant coach Rick Carter has extensive experience in the Lansing area, having coached at East Lansing High School and as a graduate assistant at Michigan State, and he is leading the recruitment of Tucker.

While most of the interest Tucker has received has come from a host of mid-majors, he is knocking on the door of becoming a high-major recruit, as he claims contact from Michigan State, Florida State, LSU, and Iowa among others. To this point, offers have come from Kent State, Toledo, and Jacksonville, though more are sure to follow.

At this time, Tucker is simply focused on his senior season at Lansing Eastern, and is waiting until the offseason to worry about visits and making a decision. He is not yet ready to name any frontrunners.

"No leaders, I'm wide open," Tucker said in an interview with "I'm just looking for the school with the best fit for my playing style."

As for his playing style, Tucker describes himself as a "playmaker" and says he has a good midrange game with finishing ability with both hands. Before entering the college ranks, he is working on improving his long range shot, defensive intensity, and becoming stronger and more aggressive. He did have words that would come as a welcome sight for WMU fans.

"My biggest strength would be winning," Tucker said.

Asked about WMU specifically, Tucker cited the atmosphere at the school, coaching staff, and proximity to home as reasons he is considering the Broncos at the next level. He also indicated that his grandmother lives in Kalamazoo, which may be a key advantage for WMU. Academically, he is looking to go into finance or communications.

Stay with BroncoBlitz in the coming months for more on this and other inside recruiting information.

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