Tucker Picks Big Ten Program

Anthony Tucker is off the board. The Minnesota wing will play his college basketball in the Big Ten.

Todd Lickliter's Iowa program added a piece to its 2008 recruiting puzzle over the weekend.

Anthony Tucker, a 6-foot-4 combo guard out of Minnetonka (Minn.) Minnetonka selected the Hawkeyes.

"They've been recruiting me pretty hard for about 2 months now," Tucker said. "We talked to them about coming down for an unofficial and it worked out this weekend. I loved everything about it.

"Playing for coach Lickliter speaks for itself. The program has a lot of tradition and it's a great opportunity."

Tucker, a poised guard with a knack for knocking down shots, received offers from Nevada, George Mason and Albany last week. "I already had offers from Western Michigan, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Utah State and Illinois State."

Tucker used the spring AAU season, in particular the Kingwood Classic, to crank up interest in his game. "I had a fairly decent showing in Arkansas but we didn't do as well as we normally do as a team. In Houston we played well as a team and I played well. I think that's probably what did it for me."

Tucker's versatility should allow him to be used in different situations. Even the Hawkeyes aren't positive how they'll use him. "I'm not sure yet. We discussed it a little bit. They have 2-3 guards, depending on how many he plays, are interchangeable. I'm not too concerned about it because I feel like I can play either position."

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