Acrobatic second-year junior college guard who established himself as one of the most exciting players in the Atlantic 10 last season ... excelled when Duquesne went to an uptempo attack halfway through the year ... also showed a marked improvement defensively ... was the team's third-leading scorer (11.8 ppg.) during DU's preseason four-game foreign tour in Toronto ... scored a personal tour-high 17 against Ryerson University and added 12 against Sheridan College ... was a junior college teammate of fellow senior guard Reggie Jackson at Southern Union College (Wadley, Ala.).
As a Junior (2006-07) Played in 28 games with 11 starts ... was sixth on the team in scoring at 7.3 ppg. ... averaged 10.1 ppg. and shot .548 from the field following Duquesne's late-January change to a more uptempo playing style (a span of 14 g.) ... scored in double digits 10 times in 14 games after the change (compared to three in his first 14 outings) ... scored a season-high 17 points (7-of-10) in 22 minutes against Xavier ... added 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting vs. Charlotte and 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting at St. Bonaventure ... totaled 13 points each both at La Salle & vs. Rhode Island ... his previous high game was 11 on three occasions (vs. Northern Illinois, at Robert Morris and vs. Dayton) ... hit 5-of-6 free throws - all in the final 5:16 - of DU's come-from-behind win at Saint Louis ... added four assists and four steals to go along with 11 points in 14 minutes versus Dayton ... finished the UD game 6-of-6 from the line ... had a pair of acrobatic three-point plays on alley-oop dunks (vs. Dayton and at St. Bonaventure) ... took off from the first dash beyond the block on the outside of the key for a rim-rattling dunk vs. Charlotte ... hit 36-of-47 free throw attempts (.766) in his last 17 games after opening the season 8-of-18 from the stripe ... was just 3-of-21 from the 3-point arc in his first 15 games before improving to hit 11-of-31 from the arc in his last 13 outings.
Junior College Southern Union College in Wadley, Ala. (head coach Ron Radford) ... averaged 15.7 points and 4.0 assists for 20-12 Southern Union College in 2005-06 ... Southern Union led the Alabama Community College Conference Division I in 3-pointers made per game (10.7) and 3-point percentage (.576) in `06 ... shot .526 from the field and .412 (47-of-114) from the 3-point arc ... also added 37 steals and - at 6-1 - blocked 28 shots ... his 15.7 ppg. scoring average ranked ninth in ACCC Division I ... averaged 28.5 ppg. during the Alabama Junior College state tournament including a career-high 30 in the season finale versus Shelton State ... had 27 points in the first round game versus Bevill State ... handed out a career-high 10 assists against Alabama Southern.
High School W.J. Woodham High School in Pensacola, Fla. (head coach Benny Washington) ... helped Woodham to a Class 4A state title in 2002-03 and fourth place finish in 2003-04 ... named honorable mention Class 4A all-state by the Florida Sports Writers Association following his senior season.
Personal Born in Pensacola, Fla ... made official visits to Southern Arkansas, Gardner-Webb and Lynn University ... sociology major ... full name is Gary Wayne Tucker Jr. ... date of birth: 5/12/86.
CAREER STATS FOR GARY TUCKER
YEAR G/GS MIN/AVG FG-AT PCT 3M-AT PCT FT-AT PCT O/D REB PF-DQ A TO BK S PTS-AVG 2007 28/11 546/19.5 73-156 .468 14-52 .269 44-65 .677 18/39 57-2.0 35-0 30 29 1 18 204-7.3
HIGH GAMES: Points - 17 vs. Xavier (Jr.); Rebounds - 6 vs. Charlotte (Jr.); Assists - 4 vs. Dayton (Jr.); Blocked Shots - 1 at Northern Illinois (Jr.); Steals - 4 vs. Dayton (Jr.); Minutes - 30 vs. Northern Illinois (Jr.)