Gary Tucker Signs with German Pro Team

One grew up in Georgia, the other in Florida. Then for four years Reggie Jackson and Gary Tucker played together in the backcourt, first at Southern Union and then with Duquesne. Jackson played with an English pro team in 2008-09 while Tucker was in Pittsburgh completing his degree requirements. Things are back in order; Tucker recently signed a contract with a German pro team.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports in Saturday's newspaper that former Duquesne guard Gary Tucker signed a contract with Science City Jena of the German Pro A League for the 2009-10 campaign.

DU coach Ron Everhart told the Trib, "The last 10 games he played at Duquesne, he probably showed NBA-style athleticism."

Tucker came to Duquesne from Southern Union College in Wadley, Ala., a two-year school, for his junior and senior seasons. Duquesne also recruited Tucker's teammate, Reggie Jackson. The tandem shared the backcourt at Southern Union for their first two seasons and finished their college careers on the Bluff.

In 2006-07, Tucker averaged 7.3 points and 2.0 rebounds for the Dukes in just under 20 minutes per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor.

The following season, when the Dukes finished above .500 (17-13) for the first time in 15 years (93-94), the Florida native put up 9.4 ppg and 2.7 rpg in just almost 25 minutes of action, shooting 45.0% from the floor.

This past season, Jackson played 32 of 33 possible games with the Newcastle Eagles of the British Basketball League (BBL).

Jackson averaged 12.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds. He shot 52.2 percent from the floor and had a 1.35 assist / turnover ratio.

The Eagles gained the 2008-09 BBL title via an 87-84 win over the Everton Tigers in the May 3, 2009 championship game. This gave Newcastle its fourth BBL Championship Playoff title in the last five years. The team concluded the season with a 28-5 record

Jackson went on a streak in the second quarter of the final game. He hit four three-pointers in a row to put Newcastle up 36-17.

If Jackson returns to Great Britain, the duo will be separated by the English Channel and some French countryside rather than the much larger Atlantic Ocean. When possible, expect a train trip through the Chunnel will help the guys catch up.

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