Rico Tucker will transfer from Minnesota

Rico Tucker will transfer from Minnesota at the end of the school year. Tucker, a 6-foot sophomore guard from San Diego, and his father Terry spoke with Minnesota coach Dan Monson this morning to express the player's desire to transfer to another school.

Rico Tucker, who sat out the first four regular-season games because of academic problems, played in 27 games and started two for the Gophers this season. He averaged 4.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He had a season-high 17 points against Wisconsin.

"We just wanted to try something different," Terry Tucker told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Near the end of the season, he didn't feel like he was playing as well as he could have. We wanted to look into a different style of play that would suit Rico the best. Coach Monson understood and wanted what was best for Rico."

Tucker's father said didn't know where his son would transfer to, but that it could be somewhere closer to home. Tucker had committed to San Diego as a high school junior, before deciding to re-open his recruitment.

As a freshman, Tucker averaged 5.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and led all Big Ten freshmen with 1.4 steals a game. But his playing time decreased toward the end of the season after a bout with Graves' disease, which affects the thyroid gland.

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