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4-Star Guard Shockingly Spurns Big Programs For Mid-Major

Four-star recruit Brenden Tucker goes up for a big dunk.

Brenden Tucker is considered one of the best backcourt recruits in the class of 2019. The Dacula, Ga. native is rated as a four-star player by 247Sports.

The site has him as the No. 149 overall player in the country. He's ranked No. 21 among combo guards, and No. 10 in the state of Georgia.

Tucker's offer list isn't overwhelming for a blue chip player. He does have some big-time options though.

The two recruiting experts who cast votes at 247's crystal ball both had him heading to Clemson. He somewhat surprisingly left the Tigers off of the top seven list he dropped earlier this month.

Included on that list was Virginia Tech. Back in June he named the Hokies his leader after a visit to Blacksburg.

Neither of the ACC programs, or any of the other major conference options were able to land Tucker.

Instead, Brenden Tucker had committed to the College of Charleston Cougars, out of the Colonial Athletic Association.

Tucker made the announcement on Friday night:

His full note:

"First off I want to thank god that he gave me the ability to be an outstanding basketball player. With a lot of hard work in the past, later it became rewarded with college offers. I would like to thank my family especially my Mother and my sister for being by my side since I started to play this game. My mother is my world and she wants nothing but the best fr me to continue to do what I love. And with that being said I would like to thank all the coaches that have recruited me through out my years of AAU and high school basketball but I would like to announce that I will be committing to The College of Charleston. GO COUGARS"

Georgia, Northwestern, Oregon State, Seton Hall, and Xavier are among the power conference programs that were involved in Tucker's recruitment.

C of C is no also-ran though. The Cougars went 26-8 with a 14-4 conference record, en route to the NCAA Tournament.

As a 13-seed, the Cougars very nearly knocked off No. 4 Auburn in the first round, falling 62-58.