Texas Big Man Makes Decision

A 6-10 Texas junior is off the board and he's staying fairly close to home.

Luke Tauscher didn't get a whole lot of interest – not until he committed to TCU.

Now, the Southwest High (Texas) 6-10, 220-pound junior, who averaged 13 points, 10.3 boards and 6.5 blocks per game this past season, is receiving far more correspondence since he pledged to TCU.

``I'm getting more and more letters in the last few days, but I don't think I'd change my mind unless some of the coaches left," Tauscher said.

Tauscher, 16, somewhat of an unknown both within the state of Texas and certainly on the national level, said he wanted to stay close to home.

``One of our starters last year, Brent Hackett, is there and I really want to play with him again," Tauscher said. "I really like the coaches and the facilities and I like the Fort Worth area a lot. If I was to get hurt or if something were to happen, at least I'd be home."

Tauscher, who has a 3.5 GPA, admits his defense is significantly further ahead of his offense. He's a rebounder who blocks shots, but needs to get stronger and develop a more well-rounded low-post game.

Tauscher played with the Dallas Mustangs under-16 team for much of last summer, on a guard-oriented squad that featured Donald Sloan and Derrick Roland. This year he'll likely play with the Dallas Slam, a team that features players from Dallas Carter High.

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