Talen Horton-Tucker is an elite student-athlete currently attending Simeon High School in Chicago, Illinois. Horton-Tucker had an excellent Spring/Summer with the Mac Irvin Fire AAU team on the EYBL circuit where the guard-forward established himself as one of the best players in Illinois for the class of 2018. Talen’s combination of strength to overpower smaller opponents, length to snag rebounds, along with his ability to space the floor with perimeter shooting make him an intriguing student-athlete that coaches across America will have their eyes on.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great Spring/Summer, you turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things went for Mac Irvin Fire as a team and for you individually?
THT: The Spring and Summer went well playing with the Mac Irvin Fire on the Eybl circuit.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
THT: I am very versatile, I play very creative with different moves, and bring a long defensive presence.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
THT: Most of my time consists of me working out where I like to focus on my conditioning, defense and shooting mechanics.
Talen Horton Tucker opening eyes of HM coaches. Big bodied wing from Simeon is snatching every rebound, crisp dishes, and finishing at rim
— Scott Burgess (@scottybscout) April 23, 2016
Michigan State TC:
Talen Horton-Tucker 18 points 8reb & 5assist
Kenny Pittman 12 points with 4 triples in a Simeon Win
— Corey Bradford (@WinCity10) June 18, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
THT: I am 100% a student first. My mom was a teacher so she doesn’t play around when it comes to academics, My favorite subject is probably history.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
EM: What are your interests off the court?
THT: I like to hang out with friends, listen to music and play video games.
— Luke Srodulski (@lsrodulski) June 15, 2016
#UIC offers Hoops Report favorite Talen Horton-Tucker, a skilled and rising, yet still underappreciated, 6-4 junior at Simeon.
— Joe Henricksen (@joehoopsreport) April 27, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
THT: Mizzou, Loyola, DePaul, Iowa State, Toledo, UIC.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
THT: Michigan State, Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Drake, Bradley, Tulsa, And Indiana.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
THT: A team that’s a family, somewhere where I can come in right away and play, and be successful in the classroom.
— Scott/Ballislife (@BallisLifeCHI) August 7, 2016
Mac Irvin Fire & Team Melo 16's playing a very entertaining nightcap. Talen Horton-Tucker burying deep threes, Noah Locke w/ pull-up J work
— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 24, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
THT: Win a state championship, maintain a good GPA, and make all city and all-state as a junior.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
THT: Work hard on everything you do.
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