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Irish In Touch With 2018 Chicago Swingman

March 9, 2017
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Notre Dame assistant coach Ryan Humphrey dropped in on Talen Horton-Tucker during the Irish’s off week last month.

But even before Humphrey made it up to Chicago, the Simeon standout made the trip down to South Bend to catch the Irish’s game against Duke a few weeks back.

“Even though they lost it was a great atmosphere,” the 6-foot-5, 210-pound swingman said. “The fans are great.”

It wasn’t a super-long visit.

“I didn’t get to see much of campus,” Horton-Tucker said. “I talked to Coach Humphrey after the game. Coach (Mike) Brey was in a press conference, so I didn’t get to speak to him.

“He was just talking about watching VJ (Beachem) a little bit to see how they could use me. He did a lot of passing and cutting.”

Horton-Tucker was impressed with Beachem’s game and thinks he could fill a similar role.

“He’s great,” Horton-Tucker said of the Irish senior. “I think he’s really good. He started off a little slow, but then he picked it up a little bit.

“I think I could thrive in any position, but I like things like that. They go to him a lot and he was pretty much the leader on the team, I thought.”

Horton-Tucker was also impressed with the Irish’s overall offensive system.

“It’s pretty good,” he said. “It’s kind of like the offense at my school.”

Horton-Tucker has several early offers, including ones from schools like Northwestern, DePaul and Missouri among others.

He plans to remain in touch with Humphrey and wants to get back down again, although he isn’t exactly sure when yet.

He doesn’t have a timeline for a decision just yet, but if the Irish offer, they’ll be in the mix.

“It’s probably the alumni,” he said. “I know how strong the alumni is. I know how successful they are as a program and how successful they are as a whole.

“I just want to see more of the campus and how the academic life is and how the everyday life is.”

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