Rayjon Tucker

2015’s RAYJON TUCKER : Get to know “Little Vince “

The 2015 class has seen a handful of guys emerge in a big way this AAU season.  RAYJON TUCKER  from Charlotte, NC comes to mind immediately. A 6-foot-5 wing, Tucker has the kind of strength and explosiveness that allows him to finish above the rim, over defenders, through contact and … well, all of the above, which also has made Tucker a favorite of the mixtape cameramen. He also displays a solid foundation with his shooting and ball handling skills.

would you believe that Tucker, a member of the Class of 2015, has only been playing basketball seriously for two years?

“I didn’t start concentrating on basketball until my sophomore year,” said Tucker, a former wide receiver and free safety whose father played football at Western Carolina. “I played, but I was more focused on football than basketball so if I wasn’t doing something right, I wasn’t worried.”

That changed after his freshman season, however, as Tucker got tired of the physicality on the gridiron.

“I just got tired of all the pounding on my body,” he said. “I just really love basketball in my heart more than I love football. My dad was a football player, so it would have just fit. I just like the hardwood.”

“My dad was fine with it, he always told me he supported me in whatever I do, it’s my life and my decision. He didn’t want to live his dreams through me.”

That meant Rayjon would be chasing his hardwood dreams, and after a successful spring, he’s gone from a relative unknown prospect from Charlotte, N.C., to a guy that is going to have a chance to play in the ACC. Boston College has offered him a scholarship, as has Virginia Tech; Tucker said that Buzz Williams has been recruiting him the hardest of late. He’s visited Clemson but doesn’t yet have an offer on the table from the Tigers, and in addition to trying to set up a visit with UNC he is also talking with N.C. State to get over to Raleigh and see their campus. Tucker also said that VCU has been showing him quite a bit of interest.

“It’s exciting,” he said, and while no one would blame a high school junior for being excited about getting phone calls from coaches at the biggest schools in his home state, Tucker is self-aware enough to understand that he still has strengths and weaknesses on the court. He realizes that his strengths like in his natural athletic ability. He can jump, he can defend, he plays hard, he’s a terror around the rim.

But he’s not satisfied simply being a guy that is featured in highlight videos on youtube.

“I’m always looking improvement in my game, dribbling and shooting. I’m just looking to get better,” he said. “MY parents and my coach just tell me to stay humble. Stay hungry, because I haven’t arrived yet.”

“I just gotta keep working.”

( the above insight and quotes are courtesy of  Rob Dauster – NBCsports.com )

 

According to Rayjon Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Tech,Clemson,VCU,Auburn,Virginia Tech,Boston College,FIU are schools that have offered                 (as of July 31st )

 

Coach Bill’s thoughts on Tucker :  Rayjon is definitely a Wing prospect that can leave a STRONG impression on a college evaluator. He is an eye catching ELITE athlete that absolutely attacks the rim with a vengeance . Watching him assault rim with the combination of elite hops and raw power / force, evokes visions of a young Vince Carter.  Vince almost never just dunked a basketball , he would seemingly make a statement with each and every attempt. He brought “Thunder” to his dunks !  I see the same thing with Rayjon.  The High School and College version of Vince Carter would play with a ton of  unbridled emotion. you see similar form Rayjon consistently in his games. While certainly capable as a ball handler and shooter, Vince definitely needed polish with his perimeter skills as a Prep and early at his time at UNC.

With a limited background to coaching and time poured into his skills and basketball instincts, I am impressed with the foundation of  Rayjon’s shooting stroke & Touch , ball handling , 1 vs 1 moves & court vision at this early stage in his learning curve against elite competition. This is a young man whose “upside” has a VERY  high ceiling.  Since he is still relative new to the game, he has a chance to make significant strides in a short amount of time.

 

*** I am NOT claiming that Rayjon is a clone or  will be as good as Vince Carter.  Just expressing that for me, he evokes some visions of a young Vince when I watch him

 

 

 

 

During June, Tucker had the chance to make unofficial visits to Clemson, N.C. StateNorth Carolina, VCU and Virginia Tech.

Rayjon Tucker has picked up several high-major offers this summer.

VCU head coach Shaka Smart and his “Havoc” system have Tucker intrigued.

“I loved the VCU visit. They play my style of basketball, which is fast and up-tempo. I love Coach Smart. He’s a good guy. He really works hard on their style, Havoc.”

The small-town, family feel of Clemson also appeals to Tucker.

“I love Clemson. They really focus on their players. It’s a very family-oriented place. It’s a small town and everybody knows everybody, so that’s another plus for them.”

In the couple months that Virginia Tech has been recruiting Tucker, he seems to have really hit it off with new Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams.

Virginia Tech was good. I love Coach Buzz. He’s straight-forward, tough and he acts just like my dad, so that’s a plus. I know a couple people that go there, so that helps too.”

While North Carolina hasn’t offered the three-star prospect yet, Tucker visited there anyways and enjoyed his time in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina is recruiting me too. It was a great visit. It’s always been one of my dream schools. At the same time, I’m still looking for what’s best for me. I got to see the museum they have there and it was really nice.”

Tucker doesn’t have a plan right now for how his recruitment will play out, but he did mention plans to trim his list down to five after travel season concludes.

“Right now, I really don’t know about when I’ll make my decision. I was thinking about doing it on my birthday, which is in September, but I’m not sure. I’m looking for a school that will challenge me on and off the court, a school that plays my style of basketball, and a school that has made a personal relationship with me.”

( Recruiting Info & Quotes courtesy of Dan McDonald – Rivals.com )

 TWEETS from Evaluators across the country 

After a day of Rayjon Tucker punishing the rims at Halton Arena at UNCC team camp, the school is rumored to buy new rims.

Rayjon Tucker has toughness and defense. Making some game saving plays for his team.

Seventh Woods, Rayjon Tucker & Cheick Diallo were just a few of the standouts from action on Friday at .

Not many kids better at attacking the rim than Rayjon Tucker, but what has impressed us tonight is his court vision.

Team Charlotte has been crowned champions of the after defeating DC Premier 61-56. Tournament MVP is 2015 SF Rayjon Tucker.

If Rayjon Tucker has really only been playing hoops for two years then that is something else. He and Ty-Shon Alexander have taken over.

Hard not to see a lot of Dez Wells in the play of Rayjon Tucker. I would take that guy into battle any day.

2015 6-5 sf Rayjon Tucker might be the top athlete at

Rayjon Tucker (Northside Christian) is representing for the Queen City ! Great defender and explosive getting to the rim.

C/o 15 Rayjon Tucker has the perfect mixture of athleticism and strength, absorbs contact easily, has been very impressive today

RayJon Tucker 6’5 Jr Northside Christian great explosion, but under rated court sense. 100% on D & great off ball movement

6’5 Jr. Rayjon Tucker is one to watch! Attacks the rim, multiple pos defender, makes winning plays

 

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