The Cougars nabbed a big commitment Friday night, as combo guard Brenden Tucker picked CofC over the likes of Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Northwestern. Tucker is the first commit of the 2019 class, and gives Earl Grant and his staff an explosive guard with high-major upside.
It was no secret that Charleston was looking for point guard help on the recruiting trail. This season’s freshmen class provides length and athleticism, but Marquise Pointer will graduate in the spring and leave some opportunities in the backcourt.
Brenden made the announcement on Twitter, acknowledging Coach Grant and Assistant Coach Quinton Ferrell as being instrumental in the decision. His first offer from CofC came in September 2017, and was followed by larger schools as his stock grew. He’s listed as a 4-star prospect on Rivals and 247 Sports.
Looking at the tape on Tucker, it’s easy to see a bit of Grant Riller’s game. He’s got a quick first step, explosiveness getting up to the rim and a nice stepback out on the perimeter. Coaches have also said that with his athleticism, he could be a lockdown defender in college. The Charleston coaching staff has shown that they don’t pigeonhole their guards into positions or playing styles. So whether Brenden plays point, secondary ball handler or some combination of the two, he’ll have the freedom to play his game.