Tucker Starting To Reap Benefits
Anthony "PJ" Tucker is 6-5 ½ and you'd better count that half inch because he's earned it. The forward from Raleigh (NC) Enloe is one tough player. Recently, at the Tournament of Champions, he proved his mettle again.
Tucker was matched up with Major Wingate and the undersized blue-collar guy took it right at the kid with the big rep. Advantage: Tucker.
Tucker finished with 30 points and who knows how many boards, but he had double-digits early in the first half. "I was preparing for it a lot," Tucker said of the matchup. "I wanted to play as hard as I could. If I did, I would come out on top."
Since the Gibbons event, he's begun hearing from a variety of schools. Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Greensboro have already offered him scholarships. UConn, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland and Tennessee have begun writing and made some calls; though their interest at this point is tough to gauge.
For all of the work Tucker has done on the court, it's in the classroom where he's really turning things around. Despite the basketball, he'll remain focused on improving his grades this summer. "I'm going to summer (school) by choice. I want to take some classes over and get better grades in them."
Tucker learned the hard way of the importance of one's freshman year in high school. Now, he's looking to make up for his academic transgressions of his early years. "When I was younger I wasn't really paying attention to what everyone was telling me (about my grades). Now I understand what it means. Your freshman year is basically the stepping stone."
Credit Tucker for addressing his academics right now so that he'll in better shape heading into his senior year. On the hardwood, the workhorse averaged an impressive 26 points and 13 rebounds in an area loaded with prospects in the Class of 2002.