Still working to complete its 2012 recruiting class, Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns welcomed a junior…
Rucker Impressed With Cajuns
Rucker, rated the nation's No. 10 junior college Class of 2012 prospect by JucoJunction.com, is still uncommitted but had nice things to say about his trip to Louisiana.
"I liked everything about it," Rucker said Monday night. "The school was nice. I toured the school, the coaches showed me around campus and I hung out with the players. I had a fun time. I liked what they have to offer, but I've got a couple more visits to make then I'm going to make a decision."
Rucker said he would not sign when the NCAA's spring signing period starts on Wednesday. He intends to visit Western Kentucky this weekend, UAB the following week and possibly another school if one can make a late impression after that. Back in February, he visited Loyola University-Chicago.
"I'm just trying to get a feel for other places," said Rucker, who plans to sign before the end of the signing period on May 16. "My next move has got to be a good one because I've only got two more years (in college). I don't want to make a quick decision. I want to be 100 percent sure."
When it comes to picking his next school, Rucker said a couple of factors would come into play. Off the court, he wants to major in sports management or something in that respective field of study.
"I want to be at a place where I feel happy and play for a coaching staff who is loyal and truthful," Rucker said. "It needs to be a good college basketball program with good people."
As for the Cajuns, Rucker called coach Bob Marlin a "good guy" and a "good person" who he'd feel comfortable talking with about issues outside of basketball.
Rucker added that the Cajuns like the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder's versatility as a combo forward. He earned first-team All-Panhandle Conference honors this season after averaging 12.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game for a 32-2 team that was ranked second nationally and the runner-up in the NJCAA Division I national tournament. The Georgia native had 13 double-doubles, shot 51 percent from the floor and made the NJCAA all-tournament team after posting 16 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to South Plains College in the national title game.
That was after Rucker was a first-team all-conference point guard as a freshman – he averaged 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists – and participated last summer in Jerry Mullen's invitation-only Top 100 JUCO Camp in St. Louis.
"They're looking at me as a combo guy who can play the 3 and the 4," Rucker said of the Cajuns. "I'd like that more than playing just one position. I can play both positions. I'll play wherever they'd put me."
Northwest Florida State College coach Steve Forbes has described Rucker as a "tough dude" and "great all-around player who can do a lot of things."
Rucker pointed to an intangible as his best skill.
"First, I look at myself as a leader," Rucker said. "I try to keep the team together and be the glue guy. I rebound well and play strong defense. I can score, but I want to play within my game. I can do a lot of good things, but I don't try to do too much."
Forbes spoke with Rucker several times on the phone since his visit to Louisiana. He echoed what Rucker had to say about the trip.
"Rod had a great visit," Forbes said. "He loved coach Marlin, the staff, the weather, the town, the food, really everything about it. He still has visits to Western Kentucky and UAB, and I think he'll come to some kind of a decision after that."
CajunRedZone.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Key Matchups
Dr. Roto highlights each and every game upcoming for Week 12 and a Fantasy matchup to monitor within. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (pictured above) makes his return against the less-than-stellar…Read More
The 10 Biggest Anti-Knife Cities In The U.S.
If you're a hunter or an outdoorsman like us, chances are you carry some sort of pocket knife or multi-tool with a blade at all times. If you visit some of these cities your every-day tool could put…Read More
OU's Perine rushes into record books
Norman has seen a lot of special days, but few will compare to what Samaje Perine did Saturday in rushing for 427 yards and five touchdowns.Read More
6 Biggest Man-to-Man Rivalries in Sports
From Pierce and Lebron to Peyton and Tom to Ali and Frazier, we're celebrating love/hate on and off the field of play.Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More