We received a call this afternoon from Minnetonka, MN Head Coach John Hedstrom and he informed Hoopmasters that his 6-foot-4 180-pound combo guard Anthony Tucker had just committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes after taking an unofficial visit to the Hawkeyes this weekend.
"Anthony Tucker committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes today," Coach Hedstrom told Hoopmasters. "He just felt it was the perfect fit for his game."
"He is a great three-point shooter and Iowa's system is perimeter oriented," Coach Hedstrom continued. "He sat down with Coach Lickliter and really liked the coach's approach to the game and his academics."
"Anthony felt that the academics, the campus, and it's proximity were all the right fit," Headstom explained. "Its away from home, but close enough his mom can see him play."
Tucker averaged 17.6 points, 7 boards, and almost 4 assists for Minnetonka this past winter. His numbers could have been much bigger, but according to Coach Hedstrom he played on a balanced and talented squad.
Tucker was the leading scorer for 43 Hoops, which won the 16-and-under title at the Hoosier Shootout in July.
Minnetonka figures to be one of the top teams in the state as they will also return fellow three-year players C.J. Erickson and Andy Burns, along with fellow juniors Andrew Latzke and Tyler Schilling.
"Anthony has a lot of the same attributes that Deron Williams showed at Illinois," Coach Hedstrom said. "He can really fill it up from beyond the arc and does all the little things to gert his teammates the ball were they can be successful. Iowa got a real good one in my eyes." Anthony Tucker chose Iowa over interest from Minnesota, Boston College, Illinois, Dayton, Colorado, Nevada, George Mason, and Utah State.
He is the first of two backcourt recruits that the Hawkeyes hope to add to join Matt Gatens in the Class of 2008
Two players who are among the top targets on the Hawkeye list this spring are 6-foot-4 combo Grant Gibbs from Marion Linn-Mar and 6-foot-4 Paul Williams from Detroit Renaissance in Michigan.
This story shared with permission from Van Coleman of Hoopmasters.com