Kentucky Scores JUCO Guard

Kentucky's basketball program received their fourth commitment for the 2009 class. This time they acquired a Junior College guard.

Billy Gillispie and the Kentucky Wildcats have been in search of a point guard, and on Wednesday they scored one in Junior College standout Konner Tucker.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder traveled to Lexington (Ky.) for an unofficial visit and committed during the trip. He was in town for Kentucky's NIT win over UNLV on Tuesday.

"They started calling before December just checking in on me and seeing how things are going and I told them that I wanted to keep playing and not worry about anything and try to get as deep as I could with my team," Tucker said.

"Then at the end of the season I sat down and talked with my dad, brother, coach Dawson and coach Rickey and made a decision from there as far as the school that would best fit me, and that's what we did," he continued.

Among the other schools involved in his recruitment were California, USC, Marquette and Oklahoma State. According to Tucker, it ultimately came down to UK and Oklahoma State, who also offered him a scholarship.

"My dad played at Oklahoma State and I lived in Kentucky and grew up here a little bit and have always been a Kentucky basketball fan," Tucker said. "It's been my dream to play for Kentucky and I'm thankful to God that it happened."

"I just felt that it was a better fit for me," he said about Kentucky. "It was mostly just a better fit for me and it felt like a place that would be good for me to come to and I went ahead and pulled the trigger and committed today."

Tucker spent this past season at Jacksonville (Tex.) Lon Morris Junior College, where he averaged 17 points a game this past season. He said his role at Kentucky will be to fulfill the duties as a scoring point guard.

"I guess they just want me to do what I've always done in high school and at Lon Morris and just at the point guard position and play on the wing some," he said. "Really what I am is a point guard that can score. I can make shots and big plays for my team."

Kentucky's 2009 class also consists of Daniel Orton, Scout.com's 12th rated prospect, four-star prospect Jon Hood and three-star prospect G.J. Vilarino.


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