Top 50 recruit Jordan Tucker spurns Syracuse, chooses Duke after last-minute offer

Jordan Tucker, a top 50 high school basketball recruit, chose the Duke Blue Devils over the Syracuse Orange on Saturday. (PHOTO: EYBL)

The Syracuse University men's basketball program is once again left picking up the pieces after another top prospect chose a different team over the Orange.

Jordan Tucker, a top 50 prospect and four-star forward out of Marietta, Ga., chose Duke over Syracuse in a tweet sent on Saturday.

Not too long ago, five-star point guard Quade Green chose the Kentucky Wildcats over the Orange.

Choosing a college basketball blue blood over the Orange is understandable -- but the part that has left Syracuse fans frustrated is the timing of the commitment.

The common denominator between Kentucky's recruitment of Green and Duke's recruitment of Tucker is the time frame.

Syracuse had been recruiting Green for roughly two years when the Wildcats entered the picture during the final month of his recruitment. He ended up choosing Kentucky because of the last-minute offer.

This time around, the Orange had been recruiting Tucker for several months when Duke offered the White Plains, NY native roughly a week ago.

Just like Green, Tucker decided to go with the last-minute offer.

It's important for SU fans to not get too worked up about it. Jim Boeheim has shot and missed on plenty of top notch recruits during his time as head coach. However, the reason this one may sting more than most is because all signs were leading towards Tucker leaning with Syracuse over Georgia Tech.

Until Duke entered the equation.

Syracuse's recruiting class still features the likes of Oshae Brissett, Howard Washington and Bourama Sidibe, while also landing East Carolina transfer Elijah Hughes. Hughes will not be available until the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

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