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Former Duke basketball wing Jordan Tucker heading to Butler

Duke forward Jordan Tucker, middle, plays near the end of the game against Bowie State on Nov. 4. Tucker is transferring to Butler, he said Monday.
Duke forward Jordan Tucker, middle, plays near the end of the game against Bowie State on Nov. 4. Tucker is transferring to Butler, he said Monday. Chuck Liddy

Former Duke wing Jordan Tucker is transferring to Butler, he confirmed Monday afternoon.

Tucker’s decision came down to Georgetown and Butler.

“Everything about it really,” Tucker said when asked what he liked about the school. “They presented an opportunity for me to play right away and fill in a void for next year, to go there and earn a spot.”

“Everything they presented to me about how they play is what happened in the game.”

According to NCAA transfer rules, Tucker will not be eligible for a year.

Duke announced Dec. 31 that Tucker was transferring, which Tucker said was because of a lack of playing time. He also said the fact that Duke was getting two top recruits who played his same position also factored into his decision.

 

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Tucker, a 6-7, 212-pound small forward, was a top-100 recruit coming out of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler High School. He was ranked as high as No. 40, according to ESPN’s recruiting rankings.

Tucker played in only two games this season. Both were blowout wins. He scored six points against Saint Francis on Dec. 5 but did not dress out in Duke’s next two games before transferring.

When he came to Duke, Tucker said he expected to be a key player. He said the more he tried to be that, instead of accepting his role as a role player, the further he pushed himself getting a chance.

He said in December that it was a mutual understanding between Tucker and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“I learned a lot about myself,” Tucker said. “(Duke) held us to a different standard than I think any other school may have. The little things. Just how we play. Playing hard. Be on time.”

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander

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