Next year when Tucker DeVries gets to college, he will have a familiar person as his head coach, his dad. DeVries, a current senior at Waukee High School in Iowa, made his commitment to Drake University. As a junior, he averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists per game on his way to first team 4A all-state honors. 

When asked about if his dad was the biggest factor in making his decision, DeVries stated “Yes, there were a lot of reasons why I picked Drake, but playing for him was a big one. He picked the Bulldogs over his other finalist Creighton, Iowa State, and Oregon. The wing also had offers from Air Force, Florida, and South Dakota State. 

“I love the direction the program is headed and the culture there. The players there are all cool and easy to fit in with,” are all other factors DeVries mentioned in making his commitment. 

Even with DeVries recruitment greatly expanding over the last few months, having received his offers from the Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC schools all in that time frame, the family connection was too great to make a difference. “I thought I could fit in well and have a great college experience with all the schools I had, I just felt like staying home and playing for my dad would give me the best opportunity.”

DeVries is looking forward to playing for his dad next year, “I think it will be cool. I have never played for him before and I’m excited to be able to compete for and with him. In his two years at the helm of Drake, Darian DeVries has had success in winning twenty or more games in both of his seasons.