Gary Tucker Career Recap
Played in 58 of a possible 59 games in two seasons at Duquesne. ... started 29 times including 18 as a senior ... at 6-1, established himself as one of the most exciting players in the Atlantic 10 with acrobatic repertoire of dunks ... excelled when Duquesne went to an uptempo attack halfway through his junior year ... improved his scoring average from 7.3 ppg. to 9.4 ppg. from his junior to senior years ... his 32 3-point field goals in 30 games as a senior were 18 more than his junior total (14-of-52) in 28 games ... surpassed his junior assist total (30) in the 14th game of his senior season ... improved his assist-to-turnover ratio from 1.0-to-1 as a junior to 1.4-to-1 as a senior ... transferred to DU after playing two years at Southern Union College in Wadley, Ala. ... played alongside his junior college backcourtmate, Reggie Jackson, at Duquesne ... scored in double digits 26 times ... finished his career with 16 dunks including 12 as a senior.
As a Senior (2007-08)
Played in all 30 games with 18 starts ... started 10 of the last 12 games ... was the team's fifth-leading scorer at 9.4 ppg. ... tied for second on the team with 32 3-pointers ... was second in minutes played per game at 24.9 ... was third on the team - at 6-1 - in dunks with 12 ... scored 18 points in 21 minutes at Oakland (6-of-11 from the field) and matched that with 18 more vs. Saint Joseph's on Feb. 6 ... scored 11 in the first half and was 9-of-11 from the line in 36 minutes against the Hawks ... scored 14 points in 24 minutes at No. 22 (AP) Rhode Island ... went 6-of-12 from the field and 2-of-4 from the 3-point arc against the Rams ... followed the Rhode Island game with 14 more, including 12 of Duquesne's final 14 points over the final 4:08 to help the Dukes rally from a nine-point deficit in a 75-74 loss at Fordham ... hit a career-high three 3-pointers in scoring a team-high 13 points at St. Bonaventure ... went 7-of-10 from the field in scoring 16 points in 30 minutes at La Salle, and added a career-best 23 points vs. the Explorers on Feb. 24 ... followed a season-low one-point outing at Temple by hitting 6-of-8 shots for 14 points in a Senior Day win over Saint Louis ... 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 ... averaged 10.6 ppg. in 16 Atlantic 10 games.
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.
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.
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.
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.